Sunday 17 December 2017

He 'died' six times - now Barry wants to help save lives

Barry Long of Annacotty, Limerick, revisits the pool at the University of Limerick where his heart stopped four times. Photo: Press 22
Barry Long of Annacotty, Limerick, revisits the pool at the University of Limerick where his heart stopped four times. Photo: Press 22
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A man brought back to life six times by receiving electric shocks to his heart from an automated external defibrillator (AED) has started a fundraising drive to purchase more of the life-saving devices.

Barry Long (46) said he hopes his incredible story will inspire others to learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Mr Long suffered a cardiac arrest on a swimming outing with his three sons, Adam (12), Evan (10), and Hugo (6), at the University of Limerick national 50m swimming pool, on March 10 last.

His heart stopped once in the water, three times at poolside, and a further two times as he was taken to University Hospital Limerick. Each time he was given an electric shock which restarted his heart.

To donate, visit: www.tinyurl.com/barrylong6

Irish Independent

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