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Rosaleen Walsh

If it wasn’t for CPR I wouldn’t be alive today

Rosaleen Walsh (on the left in the photo above) from Ballymote, Co Sligo, is alive today thanks to the lifesaving skills of Jeanette Gray and Therese O’Grady.

In 2016, Rosaleen suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in a charity cycle in Westport. Luckily fellow cyclist Jeanette, shortly followed by Therese, arrived and performed CPR until an air ambulance arrived.

Recalling the event, Rosaleen said, “It was a lovely morning and I felt great, but after cycling 20km, I felt very tired and then had overwhelming shortness of breath. I was told I collapsed, fell off my bike, and went into cardiac arrest, and then I woke up in Intensive Care.

" I’m able to lead a very active life with my children because of CPR.”

Rosaleen Walsh

“If Jeanette and Therese were not there and I had not received the high-quality CPR I did for 27 minutes, I would not be alive today. I’m able to lead a very active life with my children because of CPR.”

Jeanette who performed lifesaving CPR on Rosaleen said, “I could feel no pulse and I knew I had to proceed with compressions until emergency services arrived. We don’t realise how important our hands really are and how easy it is to learn the skill of CPR. ”