If you follow Heart Saver, you know we released three awesome videos last year made with funnyman Paul Ego. How did we get such a busy, talented comedian to work with us? Because he liked what we were trying to do: educating Kiwis on sudden cardiac arrest and AEDs/defibs. And because, for him, it was personal: Paul’s wife Janine went into cardiac arrest, right in front of him, when she was just 30. He saw first-hand how vital an AED was – without one, his wife probably wouldn’t be here today.
We thank Paul and his lovely wife Janine for sharing their personal story with Woman’s Weekly in support of Heart Saver and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Moral of the story: don’t hesitate to ring an ambulance if you really don’t feel right, know how to recognise sudden cardiac arrest, and know where your nearest AED is. Most AEDs talk through how to use them, using clear voice prompts – they’re designed so that even children could run them, if necessary. They will not shock if the person’s heart doesn’t need it.
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