In episode 13 Paul talks with nurse and cardiac arrest survivor Charlotte Pickwick.
Our longest episode yet covers a lot of ground as Charlotte will happily admit, she likes to talk! However, it’s not just idle talk, as her journey since her cardiac arrest 26th December 2018 has been very interesting and she talks about the impact it has had on her, her saviour husband and her family.
Not wanting to dwell on things they have moved forward as a family unit and embraced their new life in positive ways. These include engaging fully with survivors and other members of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK and by paying it forward by setting up their own charity Do It For Defib to save lives in their local area.
Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded July 2019
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.