Four new transportable suction machines have been donated to the intensive care unit at St. Peter’s Hospital by the family of a young woman who was brought into the unit after she was taken ill while jogging.
Daily runner Amanda Marshall, 40, of West Byfleet, was found collapsed by a passer-by who gave her on-the-spot cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The paramedics were called, arriving within five minutes. Following further CPR by them she was brought into St. Peter’s ITU. Sadly, Amanda, who had a young daughter, never regained consciousness.
Amanda had been a member of Cannon’s Club, Pyrford Road, West Byfleet, and over the years had helped train many tri-athletes for a number of events like the “Iron Man” competition.
Donations in her memory following her funeral, together with money raised by her uncle, from Kent, who took part in the “Pathfinder” competition in East Anglia on the longest day of the year, June 21, enabled the family to donate enough money to buy four £500 transportable suction machines.
Said Business Unit Service Manager and Matron for the Critical Care Directorate, Den Hallett: “On a personal level I would like to say a huge “Thank you” to the family for raising this money during what was clearly a difficult time for them. It is much appreciated by all the staff here. The equipment is, in itself, lifesaving and will be used both inside and outside the hospital for transporting patients between departments and units.”