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Stoke City promote City wide heart campaign

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Stoke City Football Club is to launch a project to install emergency defibrillators across the city.The club plans to roll out a scheme to create several life-saving equipment stations in the wake of the Fabrice Muamba heart scare.

The Bolton player is still recovering in hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie with Tottenham two weeks ago.

Muamba's collapse led to calls for better understanding of hidden heart conditions and cardiac arrests.

Now the Potters have pledged to make money available from the Stoke City Community Fund to make more life-saving treatment available.

The plans are at an early stage, but talks are underway and the club has already planned to install a defibrillator at the Britannia Stadium.

The idea is to allow interested parties - such as schools and leisure centres - to apply for cash to install their own defibrillators.

Meanwhile, the club is backing a West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) project to train 60,000 Staffordshire people in basic life support skills.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis recently attended an event to launch the WMAS project at City's Clayton Wood Training Ground, just one of the venues which will soon offer free two-hour life-saving courses.

Pulis said: "The Fabrice Muamba incident shocked us all, but it also highlighted the huge importance of having those life-saving skills close at hand.

"Fabrice owes his life to the incredible efforts of those who went to his aid and so we must do all we can to ensure those life-saving skills are more readily available.

"If there is some good to come out of this case, then it is that it has raised awareness and hopefully many people associated with the club will take this training."

A spokesman for the club added: "We are already installing a defibrillator at the stadium and we want this to be the first of many."

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KJ

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