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Dad warns ‘Christian Eriksen was lucky – my 12-year-old Oliver was not’

A dad has bravely told Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an open letter: “Christian Eriksen was lucky – my son was not.”

In a moving letter, Mark King says all schools must get lifesaving defibrillators.

He told the Mirror: “The world was shocked by the distressing scenes of Christian Eriksen collapsing on the pitch during the Denmark vs Finland match on Saturday.

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“Fortunately, the swift action of his team-mates, world-class medical staff and, critically, the availability of a defibrillator saved his life. Eriksen was lucky. My son was not.”

Oliver died in 2011, with Mark saying: “My son excelled in school and was phenomenal at sports. This hidden heart condition took him from us. SADS kills 12 young people a week and yet, astonishingly, defibrillators are not mandatory in all schools.”

Oliver, 12, died of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) on March 2, 2011 after suffering cardiac arrest while taking part in a swimming race at King David High School in Liverpool.

The letter continued: “Currently, the Department for Education only recommends that all schools have access to lifesaving defibrillators. This simply does not go far enough and Christian Eriksen’s case unequivocally serves as a reminder of how important the availability of life-saving defibrillators are.

“However, the lives of young people will continue to be put at risk until you legislate to make defibrillators a mandatory part of school life. Without your intervention, many more young people face unnecessary death. They will not be given the same chance as Christian Eriksen.

“Oliver should have been celebrating his 22nd birthday this year and we are still fighting every day for a change in the law.

“He died needlessly, but you can stop any more children being consigned to the same fate by realising Oliver’s heart-breaking death was very avoidable – if only the right equipment was there to save him.”



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