Fam­ily be­hind West­pac he­li­copter ap­peal

South Waikato News - - Conversations - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Re­mem­ber­ing the words ‘‘your hus­band is dead’’ still sends a chill down Carolyn Eg­gersspine.

Her hus­band Chris col­lapsed with no warn­ing on the golf course in Ti­rau on Oc­to­ber 18, 2015.

She raced through traf­fic to get to her hus­band and upon ar­rival saw the West­pac Chop­per was al­ready there.

‘‘I thought, thank god it’s here,’’ Carolyn Eg­gers said.

‘‘He was white and at­tached to ev­ery­thing un­der the sun.

‘‘If the chop­per hadn’t of been there, he well and truly wouldn’t have made it.’’

Chris legally died for ten min­utes af­ter hav­ing a car­diac ar­rest.

Seven months later he still has trou­ble piec­ing the events to­gether.

‘‘I imag­ine I wouldn’t have made it. I un­der­stand it was all down to min­utes,’’ Chris Eg­gers said.

‘‘The am­bu­lance ser­vice does a great job but I wouldn’t have made a forty-minute ride.’’

Friends said he was get­ting ready to tee off when out of the blue they heard a thud.

‘‘They thought he had tripped on some­thing, then re­alised he wasn’t mov­ing,’’ Carolyn Eg­gers said.

Chris was in a coma for three days. Doc­tors could not find why he had a car­diac ar­rest so a de­fib­ril­la­tor was put into his chest.

The road to re­cov­ery has been steady as the fam­ily ad­justed to the changes in their lives.

‘‘They’ve done hun­dreds of tests and there’s noth­ing they can find.’’

‘‘You think that’s a pain cause you’d like to know what caused it but they say it’s a good thing be­cause it means that’s it’s pos­si­bly not a hered­i­tary con­di­tion that you’ve passed on to your kids.’’

The cou­ple are thank­ful for the help they re­ceived and will be be­hind this year’s West­pac chop­per ap­peal.

West­pac Pu­taruru, with the help of a few lo­cal busi­nesses, are host­ing a movie night on Satur­day 21st May at 7pm.

Star Wars The Force Awak­ens will be held at the Plaza Pu­taruru.

Re­fresh­ments and chop­per mer­chan­dise will be avail­able to pur­chase.

‘‘Thank you for ev­ery­one in­volved.

‘‘You just never know when your go­ing to need th­ese ser­vices and if we don’t support them they not go­ing to be here.’’

Carolyn Eg­gers said hus­band Chris is alive to­day thanks to the swift ac­tion of staff on the West­pac Rescue He­li­copter.

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