Published: 21/04/2017 10:05 - Updated: 21/04/2017 15:51

Heart attack victim's life saved thanks to Keiran's legacy


Keiran McKandie
Keiran McKandie

A MAN’S life has been saved by medical equipment donated to police by a Moray couple whose son died in an accident.

Emergency services were called to a layby near to St Fergus, where the 52-year-old was found slumped in the back of his car – exactly a year to the day after the funeral service of Keiran McKandie.

The police were the first on the scene and used a defibrillator donated by the McKandie family to deliver an electric shock which got the man’s heart working properly again.

He was transferred to hospital in Aberdeen and has since been allowed home where he is recovering.

The daughter of the man – who wishes to remain anonymous – said: "The McKandie family has been incredibly brave and should be proud of themselves for starting a charity which has saved my dad’s life.

"Thanks to them we will be able to enjoy more time together as a family."

The defibrillator used was one of 10 donated by Sandra and Gordon Mckandie following the accident that claimed the life of their only son Keiran.

The accident happened when the 16-year-old’s bicycle and a car collided on the B9010 Kellas to Dallas on March 20, 2016.

The McKandies, supported by their family and friends, have fundraised tirelessly to fund the purchase of defibrillators, which were installed in police emergency response vehicles across the North East in February.

Sandra McKandie said: "As a result of these defibrillators being available in emergency response vehicles, a man’s life has been saved, which has allowed a family not to experience the heartbreak, sorrow and suffering that we endure on a daily basis.

"This is due to one person alone and that is Keiran.

"If Keiran did not experience such a cruel and unjustified accident these defibrillators would not be available for police to use in these emergency situations.

"We genuinely wish the gentleman involved a safe and speedy recovery and hope that he continues to fulfil his life.

"We will continue to fundraise and raise awareness in Keiran’s name to ensure that all emergency response vehicles are equipped with this life saving equipment, and continue Keiran’s legacy."

Deputy Chief Constable, Rose Fitzpatrick said: "It is extremely pleasing to hear that one of the defibrillators donated by Gordon and Sandra McKandie has been used to help save this man’s life.

"I hope that they can take some comfort from knowing that their very kind and generous donation has undoubtedly played a significant part in the man’s chances of survival and I hope he will recover well.

"It is remarkable to think that within two months of the AEDs being installed in road policing vehicles across the North East that we are already seeing such a positive impact.

"Police Scotland will continue to increase the number of officers trained to provide advanced AED training in support of our emergency services colleagues across the Grampian region to enhance out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care provision."

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