Heart attack dad’s charitable mission

Carl Wood
Carl Wood
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A Sheffield man, who has survived two near-fatal heart attacks in two years, is raising funds for a city cardiology ward.

Carl Wood, of Walkley, has organised a three-day charity event, together with Livingwell Gym - where he’s been training throughout his recovery - for Northern General’s cardiology ward.

Along with members of the Sheffield gym, Carl is attempting to recreate the famous Route 66 later this month - with members swimming, rowing or running he equivalent of the 3,945km route, over the course of three days.

Dad-of-two Carl, aged 48, said: “Just over two years ago I suffered a near fatal heart attack followed by an out of hospital cardiac arrest, which only 10 per cent of people survive. I was one of the lucky ones. I spent a week in an induced coma, and almost three weeks in hospital. The care I received during that time was amazing and, without that, I doubt I would be here now.

“Last summer I suffered a setback with another heart attack, and again received the best care possible - the cardiac team are my heroes.

“They are currently fundraising for a new coronary/cardiology ward, and are also hoping to purchase a recliner chair for Chesterman 1, for patients who can’t sleep easily in bed, which retails at approximately £2,500. With the help of Livingwell Health Club Sheffield, and its many members, I would love to raise the £2,500 for the chair.”

The three-day fundraiser will launch on March 31. Members and non-members can participate.

Email carlmwood@hotmail.co.uk to get involved or donate.