Ladies To Hold Fundraiser For Defibrillators After Woman’s Life Saved In Town Centre

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Eileen Whelan of Paco on The Mall and Audrey Moran are holding a fashion/coffee morning in the store this Friday from 11am to 1pm.

A FUNDRAISER will be held this Friday to help towards buying two defibrillators after a woman almost died in the town centre earlier this year.

Therese O’Brien was in Tralee in early January when she suddenly felt unwell just outside Lloyd’s Pharmacy in Ashe Street.

The 48 year old married mom with three children lost consciousness and stopped breathing. Her sister Audrey Moran, who was with her at the time, ran into Lloyd’s to ask if they had a defibrillator.

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Staff from Lloyd’s, Dr Karen Soffe and two nurses from a nearby surgery came to Therese’s aid. She received a heart massage and CPR, but they had to use the defibrillator from Lloyd’s to revive her.

The ambulance and First Responders arrived within minutes of being called and Therese’s life was saved. She has since made a full recovery. Speaking on Radio Kerry’s ‘Talkabout’ programme on Tuesday, Audrey Moran thanked everyone involved in helping Therese.

Audrey said there are defibrillators in the Austin Stacks club in Connolly Park, in St Brendan’s Church, in the Garda Station, in the Ashe Memorial Hall, CH Chemists and St John’s Church. However, she said there are no defibrillators in certain other areas of town.

Now, she and her friend Eileen Whelan from Paco Tralee on The Mall are holding a fundraiser in the shop this Friday morning at 11am.

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The funds raised will go towards buying defibrillators for other areas of town. The Radon AED defibrillator costs about €1,400 and they hope to raise enough funds for two.

Norman Foley of Foley’s SPAR Express on the Castlemaine road — where three members of staff are trained to use defibrillators — has pledged to put up half the money for one defibrillator, which would be placed there.

Audrey said they want to put the second one in a premises where it would be accessible 24 hours a day, so they have contacted Kerry County Council to assist them in identifying a suitable place.

This Friday they will have music, fashion shows (Orla Diffily will give fashion tips from 11 to 12 noon), there’ll be coffee/tea and other goodies, special guests dropping in, as well as spot prizes including a hamper from Lloyd’s. People are invited to make a donation on the day.

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