Generous teen, 19, donates defibrillator to boy, 11, who could die at any moment

A teenager has donated a ­defibrillator to a schoolboy who could die at any moment after she read about him in the Mirror.

Lex Lawson, 11, has a heart condition that means being startled by alarms or pranks can stop his heart.

He has to be close to a defibrillator at all times but has been given the gift of freedom from Cody Hartley, 19.

She surprised him with his own machine at home on Friday to his delight.

It is the ninth defibrillator she has given away since she started fundraising from the age of 11.

In 2013 she read about 12-year-old Oliver King who died in a swimming race. He could have been saved by a defibrillator.

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It is the ninth defibrillator Cody has given away since she started fundraising from the age of 11 (file)

She decided she wanted every school in and around her local area of Thorpe, West Yorks, to have one.

Cody, an ambulance dispatcher, has raised more than £15,000 by having cake and car boot sales, stalls at fairs and a karate kick-a-thon as she is a black belt.

She had already helped Lex as the ­defibrillator installed in the high school he will attend in September is one of hers. Cody, who hopes to be a paramedic, said: “I’d spoken to his mum, but never knew how hard it was for Lex, with his family having to check there is a ­defibrillator ­ whenever they go out.

“I also didn’t know his dad had it. I knew my next defibrillator had to be donated to Lex.”

Cody sourced a Lifepak CR2 Defibrillator Fully Automatic, which allows his heart to be monitored without stopping CPR and its wi-fi gives ambulance crews an idea of his condition.

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It can be changed from child to adult mode for use on his dad, Nick, 45, who runs a driving school.

Lex’s mum Heidi, 40, of Leeds, West Yorks, said: “I cannot believe it. We are so emotional.

“We were happy to join the Mirror campaign to raise awareness. I cannot thank the Mirror and Cody enough for this brilliant opportunity.”

Lex, his parents and twin sisters Alicia and Penelope, six, can enjoy trips out.

Cody said: “It all started because I was a child who got something in her head and decided to do something about it.”

  • Visit Cody’s Defibrillator Campaign on Facebook to help.

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