Triple-heart bypass survivor takes on half-marathon for charity

Pictured is triple-bypass heart operation survivor Bryan Shaw who is doing the Sheffield half-marathon for charity.
Pictured is triple-bypass heart operation survivor Bryan Shaw who is doing the Sheffield half-marathon for charity.

A brave runner who survived a life-threatening triple-heart bypass operation is set to take on the Sheffield half-marathon for charity.

Bryan Shaw, of Richmond, Sheffield, suffered a massive heart attack only to discover that an unknown hereditary condition meant he needed life-saving surgery at the city’s Northern General Hospital.

The 53-year-old father and grandfather made a remarkable recovery and he has been training hard to target Sheffield’s great running challenge and raise money for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Bryan said: “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the wonderful work by everyone at the hospital so I was determined to give something back.

“Doing the Sheffield half-marathon has always been a goal of mine and I couldn’t believe it when I was told that there was still no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do it after my surgery.

“That’s testament to all the medical staff who work so hard in this field.”

Bryan had already been in great shape as a keen runner when he was struck down by the heart attack in October, 2013, which had been an unknown, ticking timebomb.

He was left very weak but has battled his way back to fitness and is now champing at the bit to complete the 13mile challenge on April 9.

Those interested in sponsoring Bryan are urged to visit his justgiving website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bryan-Shaw2 to make donations.