Family thank you with 'gift of life'
A CARLOW family who set up a defibrillator fund after the machine gave them precious years with their father donated their third life saving machine to the community.
The John Fingleton Defibrillator Fund donated an AED Plus defibrillator, set of child pads and alarmed cabinet, during the week to the Dome in Graiguecullen. It was handed over to the Dome by Elke Fingleton, John's daughter, who set up the fund in 2008 along with his sister Moira O'Shea.
John, who was a well known entertainer in Carlow passed away in July 2008 and sadly Moira passed away in June 2011 after a brief illness.
31 years ago he was brought back to life after dying on the operating table and again in 1992 a defibrillator was used twice to bring him back to life after he suffered from his first heart attack.
Six members of staff at the Dome were given full training in basic life support and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Training. Moira's children kindly made a donation to the fund after she died, and that enabled the final defibrillator to be purchased.
The first defibrillator went to the Gaelscoil Eoghain Ui Thuarisc, Carlow, the second went to Killeen GAA and now the third has gone to The Dome, in memory of John and Moira.
' The Dome was chosen because it is a wonderful facility in the town and provides a great service to families through all different events and even during such difficult times, families have been more than grateful to have use of this entertainment facility, the Dome is also a great supporter of special needs, and is constantly updating and have just opened a new diner,' said Elke.
'Moira's daughter Susan, has been manager at the Dome for many years now, and I feel Moira would of agreed that the final defibrillator be placed there in her and Daddy's memory. As brother and sister they had a close bond and spent a lot of time in one another's company, always laughing together, that it is lovely to see something placed in both of their memory, that is so important and worthwhile.
'I would like to thank everybody who has supported us over the past few years, the volunteers, fundraisers, people who made donations and everyone who did something to help us on our way, it was very much appreciated,' said Elke, 'defibrillators and life saving training gave us an extra 16 precious years with Daddy, and I hope that if needed it can do the same for other families for many years to come.'