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Thursday 22 February 2018

Man (37) survives two heart attacks in Glendalough

Ken Battigan, Monika Mossakowska and DWMRT Team Leader Chris England
Ken Battigan, Monika Mossakowska and DWMRT Team Leader Chris England
DWMRT Deputy Team Leader Vaughan Mason, Ken Battigan and Ian Brennan
Ken Battigan and Ian Brennan
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A 37 year-old man has survived two heart attacks he suffered while walking in Glendalough.

Ken Battigan was walking with his partner Monika Mossakowska in the scenic area’s upper lake last Easter, when he became extremely short of breath and began to suffer from the symptoms of a heart attack.

Monika dialled 999 and paramedics rushed to the scene along with the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team and Glen of Imaal Mountain rescue team.

The Irish Coast guard helicopter was tasked from Waterford as the Dublin based Rescue 116 helicopter was already tasked to another job.

The paramedic trained crew assessed the casualty and winched him on board.

Advanced paramedic Ian Brennan accompanied Ken in the helicopter where he suffered a second heart attack.

Ken is now recovering well, and as a show of appreciation to the rescue teams who helped to save his life, Monika embarked on a sponsored 200-kilometre cycle.

Last Saturday, Monika Mossakowska presented the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain rescue team with a cheque for €4,100 at Glendalough upper lake, the results of a fund raising cycle for the team.

It was an opportunity for Monika and Ken to say thank you to the teams, and the upper lake was a poignant place for Monika to present the team with the cheque.

The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team said it would like thank all the agencies involved in ensuring the outcome to the initial call out was a successful one, and Monika and her team for the sterling effort put into raising funds.

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