Heart victim supports charity walk

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A TRAM driver from Sheffield who suffered a heart attack and had to be fitted with a pacemaker is urging people to sign up to a new city walk and support the British Heart Foundation.

The Five Weirs Walk, organised by BHF volunteers from the Department of Cardiovascular Science at The University of Sheffield, will take place on Sunday, September 11, priced £5 per participant.

Heart patient Lol Saccomando, aged 65, is urging people to don their walking boots and join in after he fell ill and collapsed in 2002.

Six months later, on Christmas Eve, his condition worsened and he was admitted to the Northern General Hospital - where he was told his original collapse had been a minor heart attack, he would have to stay in hospital over Christmas, and he would need a pacemaker fitted as soon as possible.

His pacemaker will now need to be replaced within the next three years.

Lol, who had to give up the job he loved, said: “It changes your life. You can’t continue to live how you used to. I was very active, I couldn’t sit down for five minutes, but now if I have to be up for more than five minutes I have to rely on my wife and a wheelchair.

“I get tired very quickly and if I do something I shouldn’t I get reminded by a pain in my chest. There’s one thing it can’t take away from me though - I can still paint my model railway.”

The walk will begin from the picnic area at Meadowhall at 10am and will follow a restored path along the River Don passing five weirs, before finishing at Lady Bridge. Email c.staicu@sheffield.ac.uk or call Cristina Staicu on 07866 509 553 to book a place.