THE original portable defibrillator, invented in 1965 by the late Professor Frank Pantridge from Hillsborough will be among a collection of agricultural and linen themed items which is going on show at Bann Valley Heritage.
The original defibrillator, right, which re-starts the heart, is still in full working order and has saved thousands of lives over the years. It was first installed in a Belfast ambulance, weighing 70 kg and operating from car batteries.
The collection, which also includes vintage tractors, granny's kitchen and hundreds of other artefacts, will be unveiled to the general public for the first time this, Saturday June 27 from 1-5 pm. The event at Bann Valley Heritage, Drumnascamp Road, Laurencetown has been organised in conjunction with Tullylish and Gilford churches together.
Norman Kerr, owner of the collection including the sought after original portable defibrillator said: "I want other people to enjoy these things. It's the things like the defibrillator that have a story behind them that make this event different.
"I hope everyone comes along and finds it interesting, especially as it is for charity."
The event costs £5, with all proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis_