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Lawrence actor’s collapse leads to fundraiser

Associated Press - December 30, 2013 3:43 am

Defibrillator

Money is being raised for defibrillators after a Lawrence actor’s on-stage collapse during a production of “Shrek.”

6News Lawrence reports that 20-year-old Jake Leet was playing the part of the donkey earlier this month at Theatre Lawrence when he went into cardiac arrest. Medical staff in the audience rushed to the stage and began giving him chest compressions. He survived, even though the theater didn’t have a defibrillator to shock his heart.

The Lawrence Journal-World that the theater is getting the life-saving devises after a weekend fundraiser. A woman driving her daughter to the event had recently replaced all the defibrillators at her workplace and offered to donate two of the old ones.

They’ll expire in 2015, but that should give Leet’s family and friends more time to raise money.

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