Wednesday 24 April 2019

Overjoyed Anne brought back to life with defibrillator

Anne receives her Defibrillator from David Groville of Heart Safety Solutions in Rathvilly GFC
Anne receives her Defibrillator from David Groville of Heart Safety Solutions in Rathvilly GFC

Deborah Coleman

A woman who died and was brought back to life by a defibrillator (AED) at her local GAA club has spoken about the importance or having such devices in every community.

Anne Hanks from Slaney Bank View in Rathvilly suffered a seizure followed by a massive heart attack at her home in April and thanks to the quick thinking of her family and the swift action of her neighbour, her life was saved.

'I was sitting down with my daughter Aisling watching Britain's Got Talent and she thought I had just fallen asleep. I had blacked out and then I had a seizure and blacked out. She ran out to my neighbour Johann Rooney Doyle who was only home from army duty in Syria three days. My son-in-law Jimmy Maher and Johann worked on me and John Kelly from the GAA Club came and unlocked the defibrillator box. The whole thing took just nine minutes so I was so lucky that everything lined up and that people were so close to help me. Somebody was looking down on me because I was half way up and they sent me back,' Anne said.

Anne was taken to hospital in Kilkenny and later to St James' in Dublin where she had an operation to have an internal defibrillator installed.

'I had five weeks in hospital recovery and I have a long road ahead of me still but I am very happy that things worked out the way they did,' the grandmother of six added.

Anne and her family attended a special event at Rathvilly GAA club on Monday where she was presented with and AED by Heart Safety Solutions to use as she wishes.

'I think it is so important for every town to have one of these so I want to give this one to the community of Rathvilly. All we have to do now if find a suitable location and fundraise for a storage box.

On the nightv Rathvilly GAA chairperson Donal Kelly presented Anne with flowers and a presentation was also made to Margaret Kehoe and Patricia Kehoe who took part in the Ladies mini marathon to raise funds for the AED. Since April Rathvilly GAA club has replaced the pads and serviced their Defibrillator, and it is available to anyone who should need it by contacting one of the following keyholders at (087) 7931093, (085) 1845649, (087) 1302587.

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