Back from the dead - and back in the game
Food for thought!
Paul Feeney, author and writer of 'Back from the dead - and back in the game' got in contact as he wanted to share his powerful walking football story.
In 2018, when Paul left home to take part in a charity walking football game, he didn't know that within the next two hours he would be dead!
Collapsing during the game, he would lay motionless, with no heartbeat or brain function for over 10 minutes as his fellow players struggled to revive him, using CPR, 'mouth to mouth' and with the aid of an Automated External Defibrilator (AED.)
Eventually, through sheer determination (and with a lot of luck) their persistence would pay off as faint life signs would be detected. They had brought him back to life.
But, his ordeal was far from over. Still largely unresponsive and with his life hanging in the balance, he would then be rushed to hospital, admitted into Intensive Care and placed into an induced coma.
Examined, tested and monitored for several days, the news would then be delivered, ‘heart surgery would be required if he wished to live without fear and the risk of a further Sudden Cardiac Arrest. And if another did happen, then maybe next time he may not be so 'lucky.'
'Back from the Dead and Back in the Game' is the authors honest and moving account' of what it was like to be the victim of SCA. Told in a way that lays bare his feelings and emotions, and with a sense of humour that was 'his way' of dealing with such a traumatic and life changing event.
The confusion with what had happened to him. How he faced heart surgery, and the frustration of no longer physically being able to do the things that he did before.
And when the pain was over and the wounds had started to heal. How he returned back into the world again with a second chance at life, and with a determination to regain his fitness and to resume playing his beloved game of football.
'A story that is both shocking scary and heart-warmingly inspiring, and that will bring the readers own mortality into focus, and how you can be alive and in perfect health one minute, and dead the next. All without warning, sign or symptoms.'
Further details of his inspirational story can be found here.