Two brave cardiac arrest survivors have shared personal experiences of the days their lives changed forever in new videos produced to back a local defibrillator fundraising campaign.
Lynda Donaldson (55) from Lisburn, and Wendy Cunningham (42) from East Belfast, are backing the Henderson Group’s Heart of our Community campaign, which will see the installation of over 300 public-access defibrillators outside SPAR, EUROSPAR and VIVO stores in Northern Ireland.
In the first video, which SPAR NI released on their Facebook page this week, Lynda Donaldson describes how she was walking along the street in Saintfield, when her heart suddenly stopped beating, and she suffered a cardiac arrest. Lynda was saved by a school nurse, Michelle McAvoy and a first aid trainer, Phil Batt, who both just happened to be passing on the road at the time. Thanks to their early intervention of CPR and defibrillator use, Lynda was revived by the time the first responders had arrived on the scene.
Since her cardiac arrest, Lynda has devoted her free time to learning CPR skills, and now teaches them to groups through the Heart Start Programme with the British Heart Foundation. In the video, Lynda, who doesn’t have a medical background, explains that she and her partner, Graham, “had to do the training and teach other people how to do CPR.”
The videos can be viewed on the SPAR NI and EUROSPAR NI Facebook Pages, SPAR Northern Ireland You Tube channel and the dedicated campaign website, www.heartofourcommunity.com.