More than two years after an Isle of Wight primary school had its defibrillator taken, it has been handed back to the NHS.

Following the disappearance of Hayland Primary School’s defibrillator, a Crowdfunding page was set up by the community.

Thankfully, the IW NHS Trust Ambulance service was in a position to be able to replace the device, meaning the Island community was once again provided with a 24/7 Public Access Defibrillator at the site.

Now, two and a half years later, the stolen defibrillator has been handed in to St Mary’s Hospital, after being found under a bush by children playing football.

The live saving piece of equipment is currently undergoing maintenance to see if it is still usable.

Head of the Ambulance Training and Community Response Services for the Isle of Wight Louise Walker said:

“Stealing or vandalising a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) can mean that someone dies. When someone goes into cardiac arrest (this means they are unconscious and not breathing normally) their survival rate without a defibrillator is likely to be less than 7% however this can increase up to 74% with early defibrillation.

“Every minute you delay defibrillation to someone who needs it, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. The first three minutes of a cardiac arrest are the most crucial; when someone rings 999 for the Ambulance their system automatically flags up the nearest defibrillator within a 200 metre radius.”