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A defibrillator has been installed in Norton in memory of a beloved brother.
Tony Ingledew passed away last November, suddenly but peacefully, aged just 56, following a cardiac arrest.
In memory of Tony and to hopefully prevent others from a similar fate, Tony’s family have had the defibrillator installed outside The Red Lion pub on Norton’s high street.
“He was a Norton lad, always walking his dog and popping in the pubs for a half,” said Marie Ingledew, Tony’s sister.
Feeling unwell last year on November 4, Tony had called an ambulance out on that day but they believed Tony to be experiencing panic attacks.
“He’d even been to the doctor an hour before the cardiac arrest,” Marie said.
Tony felt unwell most of the day, and although he was due to go to Liverpool that day, he decided against it.
When speaking on the phone to Tony not long before he took ill, they joked together: “He must be costing the NHS a fortune,” Marie had said.
Although Tony had never experienced panic attacks before, Marie began googling how to control them to help her brother.
Feeling a little more himself after his appointment with the doctor, he met his girlfriend in Yarm but went into cardiac arrest in The Cleveland Bay pub.
Although a customer tried to perform CPR, it was unsuccessful and Tony went without oxygen for nine minutes.
“They say over six minutes can cause brain damage,” Marie said.
Tony was then rushed to hospital where he spent his remaining days, but Marie and her family would like to thank the man for his efforts in November last year.
“The man that did CPR on Tony, we never did get to say thank you to him.
“I don’t know his name, but I know he tried his best to save Tony’s life,” Marie added.
While in hospital, Tony’s family were given the devastating news that although his body was fit and well, Tony had suffered severe brain damage and would never make a recovery.
“He spent 17 days in hospital on life support,” said Marie, but on November 21 they made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his machine.
The previous year Tony was diagnosed with pneumonia and had to leave his role at Yodel, where he had worked for 13 years, due to his ill health.
“He never really recovered, he was in and out of the doctors all the time,” Marie said.
In memory of her beloved brother and to try and and offer lifesaving equipment to another in a terrible situation, Marie arranged for a defibrillator to be installed in Norton.
“Tony’s money paid for his cremation, and what was left the family chipped together for a defibrillator,” Marie said.
Marie also wrote to the British Heart Foundation, who provided a grant, topping their money up to £2,000 to purchase the defibrillator in Tony’s honour.
“He was a happy go lucky chap, dead friendly, there were loads at the funeral,” Marie added.
Although grieving for their dear brother, the family were able to turn his loss into hope for other Norton families.
“If there had been one that day, he’d still be here, we’ve done this because it might help someone else,” Marie said, but determined to turn Tony’s loss into hope for others, the family is doing what they can to let the public know where the new defibrillator can be found.
“It sat in my cupboard under the stairs for about three months, I got it in the February/March time, next thing we went into lockdown,” Marie said, who works as a mobile hairdresser.
During lockdown she spoke to John Harrington, landlord of The Red Lion where Tony was well known, who agreed and arranged for the defibrillator to be placed outside the pub.
“John installed it for us, he’s actually been refurbishing the pub so we took it down to him.
“We’d like to thank him, he’s been lovely,” Marie added.
A post has been shared on The Red Lion’s Facebook page, including a video about how to use the equipment that could potentially save someone’s life.
Wanting as many people as possible to know its location, Marie and her daughter made leaflets which they have delivered to businesses on the high street as well as posters for them to display.
Marie added: “I am wanting as many people as possible to know that it is there, as it could potentially save somebody’s life.”
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