Saturday 15 December 2018

'I want to say thank you' - dad in search for Good Samaritan who saved his life after his heart stopped while out walking

Kieran Alexander (57) was walking on the Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on January 18 last at around 1pm.
Kieran Alexander (57) was walking on the Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on January 18 last at around 1pm.
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A man who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while out walking is hoping to track down the man who saved his life.

Kieran Alexander (57) was walking on the Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on January 18 last at around 1pm.

A Good Samaritan stopped and was able to successfully administer CPR with successful resuscitation, ultimately saving his life.

"A guy driving by jumped out of the car, realised my heart had stopped and applied CPR immediately. Apparently you have a window of about five minutes with sudden cardiac arrest and if you don' receive CPR in five minutes there is no way back," Mr Alexander told Independent.ie.

But luckily the man was on the scene quickly and the alarm was raised. An ambulance was dispatched and Mr Alexander was rushed to hospital.

"I knew nothing about it until I woke up in hospital eight days later," he said.

Mr Alexander went on to spend eight days on intensive care and a number of months in the cardiac rehab clinic and now has a defibrillator in his chest.

"I came out with my life and that's the bottom line," he said.

"The survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is minimal... it was a complete stroke of luck, 20 yards on and I would have been turning up a little side road and nobody would have seen me," he added.

The man passing by undoubtedly saved his life the financial advisor said.

But the dad-of-two has gone on to make a full recovery and is keen to track down the man who saved him.

"I'm trying to track him and down and say thank you and also to say 'how are you, I made it I'm here'," he said.

"Because even if he tried to enquire [about his condition] he never would have been able to find out due to data protection," he added.

The happy coincidence of his saviour passing at exactly the right time was not the only twist of fate on the day the Knocklyon man fell ill however.

An old phone he uses when out walking to listen to the radio has not been able to receive calls for a number of years but on the day his daughter, Joanne, tried the phone on the off-chance when she was wondering where her dad was.

"A Dublin fire officer answered it and it worked for a minute or so and he got long enough to tell her what had happened and she was able to tell him my details," Mr Alexander said.

  • If you are the person who tended to Mr Alexander or think you may be able to help in another you can get in touch via contact@independent.ie and we will put you in touch with the family.

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