In episode #016 Paul talks with cardiac arrest survivor Darren Nicholls.
Whilst during a run as part of the Couch to 5K programme Darren had a cardiac arrest, and ended up spending 3 weeks in hospital and having a triple bypass operation.
On discharge Darren was not content with just completing the Couch to 5K, and over the following months he finds super human strength and determination to complete many sporting challenges.
In July 2019, just 2 1/2 years after his cardiac arrest he got to the start line of the Ironman UK, a gruelling triathlon consisting of a 2.4m swim, 112m bike ride and finishing with a full 26.2m marathon.
Cheered on by a host of family, friends and other supporters the pressure is on.
Can he go from flatline to finishline of one of the most challenging events in the UK?
Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded September 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.