In episode #35, Paul talks with Gary Montague, who went from being in the CIA to the CEO of start-up HeartHero, who want to disrupt the market with their new Automated External Defibrillator called Elliott.
Gary talks about his childhood which ultimately is the motivation for starting this journey and he runs us through how he has gone from nothing to the position where they have a viable device which is ready for official testing and approval. An engrossing look into the world of defibrillators and how their device is attempting to bring AED’s into the 21st Century.
The device is being targetted as a “Lifestyle” device and will be small, stylish, use off-the-shelf batteries and feature technologies such as smartphone integration, GPS tracking, automated emergency services calling and they aim to build the highest-quality and least-expensive AED on the market. If they achieve their aim they will perhaps disrupt the market place for the greater good.
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Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson.
Recorded January 2020.
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.