It took 12 rounds of CPR and eight shocks from the defibrillator to get Michelle’s heart beating again.
On the October 9th 2016 Michelle Herbert, a secondary school teacher in Limerick, suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of a camogie match. She was just 32.
Thankfully one of the other players was a trained nurse and she saved Michelle’s life with CPR.
Recalling the experience Michelle said, “seven minutes into the second half I collapsed. I was extremely fortunate that my marker was a nurse and she began compressions right away.”
It took 12 rounds of CPR and eight shocks from the defibrillator to get Michelle’s heart beating again. Despite being unconscious for 26 minutes Michelle has made a complete recovery thanks to effective CPR.
“Only the fact that the people that I was surrounded by were able to do such effective CPR I definitely would not be here today. My life was saved by accurate CPR, unfortunately not everyone is as lucky as I am,” Michelle said
Please support the Happy Hearts Appeal on the 11th of May to raise much needed funds for the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR Training programmes.