Close friend fighting for his life after a cardiac arrest

Hi everyone

Yesterday afternoon one of my close friends called Mark a store manager aged 36 suffered a massive heart attack that caused a cardiac arrest in front of me, his employees and members of the public.

I and one of his employees did CPR until the paramedics arrived. Paramedics managed to get a pulse back 40 minutes after he had collapsed but he wasn't breathing.

At the hospital they did tests including a head CT which confirmed that he had suffered a hypoxic brain injury, swelling of the brain due to the lack of oxygen during the cardiac arrest.

They have done an operation to stop him from having another heart attack in the future and are closely monitoring the swelling of his brain.

He is now still fighting for his life in a non induced coma in the ITU/ICU. It isn't looking good for him.

Everyone who know him are all heartbroken including his wife Mary and the sad thing is he has two children a girl aged 8, a boy aged 6 and a third on the way in 6-8 weeks time.

Just as things were getting for me with Annie aged 20, she is still in the coma but was moved to the high dependency ward on Sunday (4 days ago), Gareth's daughter this has to happen.

What have I done to deserve this heartbreak too? Why? You don't have to answer.

Will keep you updated.

Laura

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  • Aw kerri I'm so sorry you have more bad news 😢Life can be so hard at times and horrible things like this happen .. My dad is still very poorly after being knocked off his push bike in May .. Wish we new the outcome of how dad will be it's the not knowing that hurts . Dads had loads of complications it's never ending Thinking of you X

  • :( more sad news - so young xx praying for him xx

  • Thank you both.

    Thinking and praying for you both and your families always.

    Laura

  • Hi my dad had a heart attack on a London tube 3 half weeks ago now he also had cpr and they told us ha has a brain injury keep strong and positive my dad is now awake and saying only a few words but it was a step we never thought we would see, we just don't know to what extend the brain has been effected

  • Hi sorry to hear that 😢 Life is cruel sometimes, my dad had a cardiac arrest in August his been in a coma and only the last week has started to open his eyes but that's it , we're hoping for more but who knows, sadly he also has hypoxic brain injury, so I feel your pain. But you have to try to remain up beat and postive x

  • Thank you everyone for your kind and understanding words so far.

    Wish I could give you all better news on Mark's condition but I can't yet as they is still no change in his condition yet. The main thing is he is still fighting to stay with us and that is what is keeping us all positive that he will get better soon.

    Even everyone I know at church I go to are also praying for Mark's recovery and they also gave me a get well soon gift for Mark on Sunday (5 days ago), which I thought was very kind of them all.

    Will keep you all updated as soon as there's any change in Mark's condition.

    Laura