Avril’s Trust were able to handover an Autopulse to the Borders General Hospital on the 5 April 2016, this is thanks to the amazing support of the general public who have raised the fantastic figure of £10,221 to make this possible.

Explaining the benefits of this new equipment, Rod said: “The AutoPulse® Resuscitation System provides high-quality automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Easy to use and battery operated, the AutoPulse squeezes the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain. The only device of its kind, the AutoPulse automatically sizes to the patient, and has shown improved outcomes to patients in cardiac arrest.

“There will be ongoing training in the use of the Autopulse by the company that manufactures the device, Zoll, and NHS Borders Resuscitation department.”

Expressing his gratitude, Dr Paul Neary, Consultant Cardiologist for NHS Borders said: “The AutoPulse is a fantastic piece of equipment which provides high quality chest compressions to patients in prolonged cardiac arrest. This increases the chances of patients surviving and can reduce long term complications of cardiac arrest. We are very grateful to Avril’s Trust and to the local community for raising the funds for this equipment. This is one of the many community initiatives in the Borders that is helping to save lives by promoting the importance of emergency treatment in cardiac arrest.”.

Pictured in the accompanying photographs are: Dr Paul Neary, Ross MacLeod (Avril’s Partner), Rod McIntosh, and Emily & Sarah MacLeod (Avril’s and Ross’s daughters).