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Raising cardiac arrest awareness

Posted by lostincci on January 23, 2013

Dear all,

I am Erica Payet and was a CCI student last year (2011-2012). Last March, I suddenly was victim of an unexpected cardiac arrest while jogging, even though I have no history of cardiac problem. They did not find why it happened. I would like to spread the message that this can happen to anybody, even if you are healthy. But the good news is that I was really well treated, and after three weeks in hospital and the implantation of an internal defibrillator, my life is completely back to normal. This is due mainly to the fact that I was treated very quickly after collapsing on the street, by bystanders who started CPR (cardiac compressions) on me with no delay. This kept me alive and prevented any further brain damage.

The message we want to convey is that more people should learn life-saving skills, among which how to do CPR and how to use a defibrillator (found in public spaces like the tube or offices). So if you are interested, click on the link below, where you can find contact details to book a session with the ambulance service staff. Do it with some friends!

http://www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/news/news_releases_and_statements/londons_cardiac_arrest_suriva.aspx

One Response to “Raising cardiac arrest awareness”

  1. Dr Richard Howells said

    Erica: A very good post. Your point is well made and I am delighted that you survived and are well enough to take up this important cause. Dr Richard Howells, MA CCI.

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