A woman from Radcliffe has launched an appeal to fit a defibrillator on her street after her son’s life was saved by the device following a cardiac episode.

Tammie Wakefield, 48, who lives on Stand Lane, is fundraising for the life-saving device after her son Ben, 20, was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition which causes the heart to beat abnormally fast.

Ben received his diagnosis last year after losing consciousness due to a severe supraventricular tachycardia, a very fast heart rate.

In May, the father-of-one had another cardiac episode but was saved by a defibrillator device, which sends an electrical pulse to the heart to restore a normal heart heat or restart the organ entirely.

Bury Times: Tammie learned first-aid at ASDA Radcliffe, where she works Tammie learned first-aid at ASDA Radcliffe, where she works

Tammie said: “We’ve been through it three times, the severe episodes, with him and we’ve not been near a defib, he is a high-risk cardiac patient, and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what we did.”

She now wants a defibrillator installed on her street- one she says is particularly notorious for road accidents but says the devices should be much more common within communities.

Tammie said: “Ideally there should be one every 200m, which is what I was told by North-West Ambulance Service.

“We do need more 24/4 access defibs.

“Any member of the public can use one, you get guided by 999 to use one.

“You can’t go wrong with them as long as you place it in the right area, its not just for bringing someone round who’s had a heart attack but in my son’s case as well.”

Tammie, who is a first aid lead at ASDA Radcliffe where she works, believes first aid skills should be taught to everyone.

She said: “First aid should be taught in primary schools and I just think it should be part of the curriculum and in work places as well.

“I’ve gone round to my colleagues and stated the importance of needing first aid training, if it might not help anybody in a work place scenario then if you’ve got kids, then it will always come in handy."

Tammie hopes to hold a fundraising event for the new defibrillator later this year.