My involvement in the Patient Advisory Group stems from the cardiac arrest I experienced over ten years ago.
I collapsed on a street in Norwich. Fortunately, a bystander recognised that I was in trouble. They immediately called 999 and began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on me in the middle of the road.
An ambulance with a defibrillator happened to be around the corner from me, and the ambulance crew were attending to me with 90 seconds of my collapse. As a result of the bystander's quick provision of CPR and the early defibrillation I received, I regained a pulse and have since made a complete recovery.
I went to Papworth Hospital to have an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) implanted, which will send an electrical pulse to regulate any abnormal heart rhythms and help to prevent another cardiac arrest from occurring. The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading monitors the device, and I have a latitude communicator in my bedroom which communicates directly to the Royal Berks and has reduced the need for a face-to-face appointments to just one per year.
I have remained in good health and the ICD has had no need to fire since being implanted!
I am very grateful to the NHS for all I have received and respond enthusiastically to helping in whatever way I can.