Lawrence Actor Collapse Inspires Fundraiser

By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) 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, but the theater didn't have a defibrillator to shock his heart.

The Lawrence Journal-World that that's about to change after a fundraiser Saturday. 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. The defibrillators cost about $2,000 each.

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