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Mike Willoughby, centre

On the 2nd of June 2023, I headed out for my afternoon run. This was very usual for me – I was fit, healthy and unaware of any underlying health issues.

Little did I know, this run would be life changing ...

I was probably about 2 minutes from home when I collapsed by the side of the road. Unbeknown to me, I had suffered a cardiac arrest. A passer by saw me lying on the ground and performed CPR. It was a sliding doors moment - if they hadn’t seen me and hadn’t known how to perform CPR, I probably wouldn’t be alive to tell the tale.

I woke up for find out that I had suffered from a cardiac arrest, having had undiagnosed artery disease. I needed to have a triple heart bypass. The care I received from St Peter’s hospital was second to none.

Having gathered together a motley crew of friends, we are running a half marathon, a year to the day since my heart attack, including the route that we ran on that fateful day,. We are doing this to raise money for St Peters Hospital and in particular their ITU. Without their care and support I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I have never run anything like this sort of distance, least of all 12 months after a life changing event, so this will be very challenging.

Any money that you can donate would be greatly appreciated for this amazing cause.

 

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