Car­diac ar­rest hus­band brought back to life af­ter 68 mins as wife begs for last try with de­fib­ril­la­tor

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARTIN FRICKER

MEDICS saved a car­diac ar­rest vic­tim they had given up on af­ter 68 min­utes when his wife begged them to try a fi­nal time.

Chris Hickey, 63, had been de­fib­ril­lated 11 times and doc­tors said there was lit­tle they could do for him. But des­per­ate wife Sue Davies, 62, pleaded with them to shock him “one more time”. And 13 min­utes later doc­tors found a pulse.

Chris was rushed to hospi­tal and placed in an in­duced coma to help him re­cover. The grate­ful HR boss said: “There must be around 50 peo­ple who helped save my life, but right at the top of the pyra­mid is my wife. It’s awe-in­spir­ing. What more can you do for some­one, than what she did? I was 68 min­utes and 12 shocks. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Sue, ab­so­lutely no doubt.”

Chris col­lapsed at home in Chel­tenham, Glos, and was taken to Bris­tol Royal In­fir­mary. Doc­tors be­lieve he suf­fered sud­den adult death syn­drome, where the heart’s elec­tri­cal path­ways are dis­rupted. He was sent home two weeks later with a tiny de­fib­ril­la­tor im­planted in his chest in case it hap­pens again. Sue urged peo­ple to learn CPR, to help save lives. She said: “There’s no magic to it.”

I’M SO LUCKY Chris was saved LIFESAVER De­fib­ril­la­tion

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