A DAD has told of his agony after he watched daughter, 25, sufre un paro cardíaco frente a él.
Cardiff City team doctor, Len Nokes, 64, Sierra paramedics attempt to revive his 25-year-old daughter Claire at a friends house.
But she never regained consciousness – and sadly died in hospital just 10 meses después.
Professor Nokes told Wales Online: “My daughter collapsed at a friend’s house and I got there the same time as the paramedics.
“I was watching what was going on and could see on the screen her heart was in a rhythm that wasn’t shockable.
“Her heart stopped beating for so long she had a lack of oxygen to her brain and later passed away naturally in hospital.”
Unknown to Claire or her parents – she had undiagnosed myocarditis.
Él agregó: “From that moment onwards I decided I didn’t want another parent to go through what we had gone through.”
Now he and his wife Sarah are fighting to raise awareness – and to help more people survive cardiac arrests.
A cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest, happens when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around your body.
It is possible to survive a cardiac arrest, but it is vital to get the right treatment quickly.
Prof Nokes now persuades businesses to register their defibrillators – and to install them in unlocked cabinets on exterior walls.
This means they can be used by anyone, at any time.
Someone who has had a cardiac arrest will collapse unconscious.
Their breathing will be irregular and may stop, and they will be unresponsive.
When a cardiac arrest happens there is no time to lose, it is a life-threatening emergency, and calling an ambulance is vital.
While waiting for an ambulance performing CPR can help keep a person alive.
In the majority of cases, the killer condition is caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
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VF is an electrical fault, where the electrical activity of the heart gets so chaotic the heart stops pumping suddenly, and quivers instead.
VF can be corrected by shocking the heart with a defibrillator, by a paramedic, doctor or member of the public if there is a community defibrillator nearby.
Si no, performing CPR until a paramedic arrives is vital to keep blood flowing around the body, and to help the patient breathe.