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Last night we had a reporter from BBC Radio WM at our course at Streetly Sports & Community Association. See photos from the course here:
I was also delighted to welcome two of the people involved in the ‘chain of survival’ that enabled me to survive last year’s cardiac arrest. These are Judy Lewis who started the ball rolling with CPR and Dr Derek Connolly who put stents in my coronary arteries, at Birmingham’s City Hospital, to restore my heart’s circulation.
Radio WM have really gone to town with the event this morning on Alex Lester’s breakfast programme. I made the main news at 6, 7, 8 and 9am and you can also hear interviews with Judy, Mike Bennett, our tutor, and some of those attending the course.
If you want to listen then try one of these links where you can fast forward to the appropriate time slots:
Or https://www.bbc.co.uk/wm and find Alex Lester’s programme for 17th October.
Apart from the news on each hour there are these extended pieces:
Between 1hr 6mins and 1hr 15mins (includes Mike Bennett and participants)
Between 2hr 6mins and 2hr 16mins (includes Judy Lewis describing how she saved my life, which made me feel really quite emotional)
By Malcolm Robinson
Following my absolutely unheralded, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in April 2017 I felt compelled to do my best to improve other people’s chances of survival – after all they couldn’t all expect to be so incredibly fortunate as I was. Malcolm’s Story
My first involvement was in getting 37 friends to attend a ‘Heart Start’ course sponsored by the British Heart Foundation at my local hospital. It just happened to be my bad luck that it took place on the day I was allowed home, five days after heart bypass surgery. However, I foolishly went along but was promptly sent packing by the medical staff attending, due to the risk of my catching something nasty from the germ laden audience! Or, it might have been because my zombie-like appearance was somewhat of a distraction.
But I digress. One of those present was my Tai Chi teacher, Steve Jones, who was mightily surprised to see the the course tutor was also one of his students, Mike Bennett who, it turned out, is the Lead Resuscitation Officer for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Knowing of my interest in promoting awareness of CPR, coupled with not knowing where to go next, Steve put me in touch with Mike (we’d never met as we attended different Tai Chi classes) and the link was forged. Mike then very kindly offered his services free of charge in presenting as many courses as I could organise.
The first independent course we organised was attended mainly by fellow Tai Chi students, recruited by the efforts of Steve. Several fellow students also helped in the running of the course and two of them have continued to do so. Without ever being cajoled into it Barbara and Dawn Caine (who were also at that first course) have been ever-present since, hence our team of four at CPR Counts.
We can’t ever dismiss the vital role that Steve Jones played in our start-up nor have nothing but gratitude for his excellent Tai Chi teaching. It was therefore very pleasing to see the positive results of the effectiveness of Tai Chi, over only a short period, demonstrated on the BBC this week. Click on this link to see the trial shown on ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’:
We at CPR Counts are obviously fans of Tai Chi and if you would like to know more about this vast and fascinating system please visit Steve’s web-site for more information. Better still get along to your local school and try it for yourself.
I just wanted to congratulate you for producing ‘The Voice of Doubt’ NARS Cardiac Arrest Video that I spotted on Twitter yesterday. It’s absolutely excellent.
It impacted me on two counts. Firstly because it is so much in keeping with the message that we are trying to spread in our small team, CPR Counts.
Secondly, more personally, because I was that victim lying on the pavement last year with a group of people just standing watching me die. The story of my survival is incredible and one I still find hard to believe. If you feel inclined you can read the story on our blog:
You’ll go straight my story and you’ll then understand why I feel the need to educate as many people as possible in basic life support.
I would love to see ‘The Voice of Doubt’ viewed all over the world.
Keep up the good work
Thank you Hollie
Thank you so much. I am so happy that you find the film so powerful and I really hope it continues to get the message out there.
Your story is exactly the reason we made this film and I hope it encourages more people to just get involved and try CPR, because it really could be the passer-by who saves your life.
Please feel free to share far and wide! And thank you again for the kind words – I really appreciate them.
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“The Voice of Doubt” | NARS Cardiac Arrest Film” from Hollie Harrington on Vimeo.
If you like this video, make sure you share it, too! Even if you don’t like it!!
It so much reminds me of what must have been going on around me when I collapsed in the street Malcolm’s Story
Thank goodness someone did turn up to save me!
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