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Rural schools get defibrillators courtesy of Team Jamaica Bickle

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 11:21 AM
Irwin Clare

Four rural area high schools are now equipped with automated external defibrillators, which are used to help resuscitate the heart beat.

The devices were donated by Team Jamaica Bickle, a Diaspora organisation based in New York, in the United States, and was inspired by the death of a St Jago High School athlete in Trinidad and Tobago last year.

Seventeen-year-old Cavahn McKenzie died from heart complications while competing in the men’s six-kilometre event at the Caribbean Cross Country championships.

Cornwall College, Green Island High, Vere Technical, Petersfield High and GC Foster College were each presented with a defibrillator during a ceremony at the Rose Hall Hilton Hotel in Montego Bay last week.

Coaches and nurses at the institutions were also trained in the use of the device and how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR.

In making the presentation, Chief Executive Officer of Team Jamaica Bickle Irwin Clare said the donation was part of a wider plan to equip as many as 75 Jamaican schools with the device.