News - 13th July 2022

Delighted to return


Andy Westaby’s life was saved at parkrun, thanks to defib access, volunteers and medical professionals who had been parkrunning on the day.


He is delighted to be back parkrunning and wants to thank his fellow parkrunners for their help on that eventful day.


28 August was my return to parkrun after being absent since 11 May 2019.


On that occasion I collapsed, just after finishing, due to a cardiac arrest. Thankfully, as well as a defib at the finish and the trained marshals there were a few medical professionals standing about who had been parkrunning that morning. A first responder took care of CPR and I was soon shocked and a pulse was found!




I was soon waking up in recovery at the hospital where I was to stay for the next couple of weeks to, firstly, recover from the cardiac arrest and then have open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve with a mechanical one. All this was a surprise to me as I had no idea I had a faulty valve.


I made a great recovery and I had hoped to return to parkrun in April 2020 but Covid curtailed that plan! I was delighted to return in August 2021.


A massive thanks to all at parkrun. I haven’t met all those who helped me and my family that eventful day (my wife was parkrunning with one of our daughters and our other daughter was volunteering).


So if you see me at a future parkrun please say hello!


Andy Westaby


You can donate to the defibrillator fund for South Africa here.

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