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St Peter’s Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has received over £12,000 in donations from two grateful patients and their families.

Mike Willoughby, who donated £9,408 to the ICU, and Cassie Gibson, who donated £3,341, both raised the money by running half marathons.

Mike ran his race almost a year to the day after he suffered a cardiac arrest. The route included the path where he was found unconscious by a passerby.

Mike explained: “On 2 June 2023, I headed out for my afternoon run. I was fit, healthy and unaware of any underlying health issues. Little did I know, this run would be life changing.

“I was probably about two minutes from home when I collapsed by the side of the road. I’d suffered a cardiac arrest. A passer-by saw me lying on the ground and performed CPR. It was a sliding doors moment – if they hadn’t seen me and hadn’t known how to perform CPR, I probably wouldn’t be alive to tell the tale.

“I woke up to find out that I had suffered from a cardiac arrest, having had undiagnosed artery disease. I needed to have a triple heart bypass. The care I received from St Peter’s Hospital was second to none.

“My friends and I ran this half marathon to raise money for St Peter’s Hospital, in particular their ICU. Without their care and support I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Cassie Gibson ran her half marathon to thank the team that saved her dad, Ken, after he had a major heart attack.

Cassie said: “On 21 December 2023 my dad suffered a major heart attack followed by cardiac arrest. After nearly an hour of CPR and 11 shocks to the heart, dad finally had a regular heart rhythm and was rushed to the specialist cardiac unit at St Peter's Hospital.

“We learnt that dad was suffering from congestive heart failure and aspirational pneumonia. Due to the lack of oxygen, dad had also developed kidney failure and was likely to have a brain injury.

“In true Ken fashion, dad defied all odds, and we couldn't be prouder. None of this would have been possible without the amazing Intensive Care Unit at St Peter's Hospital. The 24-hour care and attention they gave to dad, and their support to us as a family, has been incredible. It's safe to say that dad would not be here without them, which is why I wanted to give something back.”

David Fluck, Medical Director and Cardiologist at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals said: “It’s great to see that these patients have made a full recovery and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff in ICU and their colleagues.

“These generous donations will help to enhance the unit by funding additional equipment and services that are above and beyond what the NHS can provide. I’d like to offer a huge thank you to Mike and Cassie and all those that supported their charitable efforts.”

Pictured top: Mike Willoughby and his family present a cheque to the ICU Team

 

Pictured above: Cassie Gibson and her family present a cheque to the ICU team

 

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