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Mum of Camden girl who died from heart attack calls for defibrilators to be installed in all schools

PUBLISHED: 12:31 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:31 12 May 2016

Elizabeth Kitkat headteacher of Camden School For Girls takes delivery of a defibrillator for the school, she was joined by other Camden headteachers, Rosh Keegan who has raised the money to pay for it and special guest Tessa Jowell.
From left Sam White (HT William Ellis School) behind, Sue Higgins (HT Parliament Hill School), Tessa Jowell, Rosh Keegan, Elizabeth Kitkat (HT Camden School For Girls), Kate Frood (HT Eleanor Palmer School) and Emyr Fairburn (HT Kings Cross Academy) with guests.

Elizabeth Kitkat headteacher of Camden School For Girls takes delivery of a defibrillator for the school, she was joined by other Camden headteachers, Rosh Keegan who has raised the money to pay for it and special guest Tessa Jowell. From left Sam White (HT William Ellis School) behind, Sue Higgins (HT Parliament Hill School), Tessa Jowell, Rosh Keegan, Elizabeth Kitkat (HT Camden School For Girls), Kate Frood (HT Eleanor Palmer School) and Emyr Fairburn (HT Kings Cross Academy) with guests.

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The mother of a Camden student who died from a heart attack is on a fundraising mission to have a defibrillator in every school across the UK.

Rosh Keegan is raising money in memory of her daughter Anastasia (Ani), who attended Camden School for Girls and passed away on October 17 2002 after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Ms Keegan said: “Ani was 14 years old when she died and the medics tried to resuscitate her for an hour once the ambulance had arrived.

“If there has been a defibrillator, her chances of survival would have jumped to 74 per cent.

“It has been 13 years since her death and nothing has changed to prevent this happening again.

“And when I learned that 12 young people a week die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, I knew I needed to so something about this.”

Initially Ms Keegan wanted to raise enough to purchase defibrillators for seven schools in Camden that Ani had a connection with but then decided that seven schools wasn’t enough.

“What about the children in the other schools?

“This was a massive opportunity to do something huge.

“Now those seven schools are going to raise money for another school that doesn’t have a defibrillator, then it will keep going across the whole of the UK.”

Camden School for Girls was the first of the seven schools to receive a defibrillator, which was presented by Baroness Tessa Jowell on Wednesday night.

Elizabeth Kitcatt, headteacher of Camden School for Girls said: “We’re very pleased to have been given the first defibrillator.

“With our own defibrillator now we can take prompt action if anyone suffers a heart attack in or near our school.

“Plus we can use this gift to educate our students about heart health and the importance of first aid skills.”

Ms Keegan, a former chef, is combining her love of food and art in a grand fundraising event at Camden School for Girls, with the help of the charity Hand on Heart, on June 11.

She said: “We have donations from established Royal Academy artists that will be auctioned off and a silent auction of goodies that people have donated.

“I wanted to hold the event at the school because it is where Ani took her last breath and it is what she would have wanted. She is with me in my heart all the way.

“She could have died anywhere but she died in her school and there was a reason for that. It has taken me these years to get the strength and power to do this but now I’m completely unstoppable.”

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