Thursday, 19 July 2018

Defibrillator allowed my husband four more years

A WOMAN whose husband was given four more years to live thanks to a defibrillator is backing the Millie’s Dream

A WOMAN whose husband was given four more years to live thanks to a defibrillator is backing the Millie’s Dream appeal.

Rae Ward, 69, has made a donation to the charity, which was set up by Sarah Roberts to raise £15,000 for 10 devices to be installed in schools in the Henley area.

She said the equipment saived her husband Peter’s life and allowed him to attend the weddings of their two children Christopher, 35, and Annabel, 32.

He also witnessed the births of two of his four grandchildren before his death two years ago, aged 67.

Mrs Ward, who has lived in Rotherfield Greys for 36 years, said: “These things work. There’s a very fine line between someone having a cardiac arrest, where basically they are dead, and bringing them back with a defibrillator.

“It gave Peter four more years of top quality, completely normal life.”

Mr Ward, who was known as “Min”, had a triple bypass operation in 1995 after being diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder characterised by high cholesterol levels.

In 2007, the couple were fishing in Ireland when he had a heart attack. Mr Ward was taken to a hospital in Cork, where he suffered a cardiac arrest within three hours.

Doctors used a defibrillator in the hospital to revive his heart and he made a full recovery.

Mr Ward, who owned a brewery and packaging company with his wife called Thomas Hardy, continued to enjoy his past times of fishing, rugby and business, while witnessing the important family events.

He spent two years as international president of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Africa in the role.

In 2011, he died following another heart operation but Mrs Ward is grateful for the extra time she was able to spend with her husband.

She said: “From having the cardiac arrest to dying, he saw both his children get married and his first two grandchildren.

“Without the defibrillator, he wouldn’t have had that time.”

Mrs Ward, who continues as chairman of the business, which is now ran by Christopher, believes defibrillators should be made more widely available.

She said: “Peter was lucky he had his cardiac arrest in a place where they had a defibrillator.

“If it had happened at the fishing lodge where we were staying or anywhere else there wouldn’t have been much we could have done.

“We fondly referred to it as the ‘jump leads’ because it got him going again and saved his life.”

Mrs Ward’s oldest grandson, Oscar, is due to attend Rupert House School in January after he turns three.

The school will be the first recipient of a £1,175 defibrillator on November 4.

Mrs Ward said: “You can’t have defibrillators on every street corner but this is a worthwhile campaign and Peter would also support it.

“They’re important in schools, in particular, because children can be affected by heart problems.”

Miss Roberts, 44, of King’s Road, was inspired to set up Millie’s Dream because her six-year-old daughter Millie has heart and lung difficulties and will need corrective surgery when she is older.

The appeal has so far raised £14,000 in donations and pledges.

Rupert House has pledged to donate profits from its mulled wine stall at the Christmas festival in the town centre on December 6, which last year raised £3,000.

The school needs 150 bottles of red wine for the event, while there will also be crates of wine being sold at the reception of Rupert House and Actvie III physio clinic, where Miss Roberts is clinical director.

To donate wine, contact the school office on 01491 574263.

To make a donation to Millie’s Dream, send a cheque, made out to “Millie’s Dream”, to: Barclays Bank, 10 Hart Street, Henley, RG9 2AX. The account number is 23727610 and the sort code is 20-39-53.

For more information, visit www.milliesdream.org.uk



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Caption:

Rae Ward with her husband Peter at their daughter Annabel’s wedding in 2009

A WOMAN whose husband was given four more years to live thanks to a defibrillator is backing the Millie’s Dream appeal.

Rae Ward, 69, has made a donation to the charity, which was set up by Sarah Roberts to raise £15,000 for 10 devices to be installed in schools in the Henley area.

Miss Roberts was inspired by her six-year-old daughter Millie, who suffers from a heart and lung condition and will need corrective surgery when she is older.

Mrs Ward said a defibrillator saved her husband Peter’s life and allowed him to attend the weddings of their two children Christopher, 35, and Annabel, 32.

He also witnessed the births of two of his four grandchildren before his death two years ago, aged 67.

Mrs Ward, who has lived in Rotherfield Greys for 36 years, said: “These things work. There’s a very fine line between someone having a cardiac arrest, where basically they are dead, and bringing them back with a defibrillator.

“It gave Peter four more years of top quality, completely normal life.”

Mr Ward, who was known as “Min”, had a triple bypass operation in 1995 after being diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder characterised by high cholesterol levels.

In 2007, the couple were fishing in Ireland when he had a heart attack. Mr Ward was taken to a hospital in Cork, where he suffered a cardiac arrest. Doctors used a defibrillator to restart his heart and he made a full recovery. Mr Ward, who owned a brewery and packaging company with his wife called Thomas Hardy, continued to enjoy his pastimes of fishing, rugby and business while witnessing important family events.

He spent two years as international president of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

He died following another heart operation but Mrs Ward is grateful for the extra time she was able to spend with her husband.

She said: “He saw both his children get married and his first two grandchildren. Without the defibrillator, he wouldn’t have had that time.”

Mrs Ward believes defibrillators should be made more widely available. She said: “Peter was lucky he had his cardiac arrest in a place where they had a defibrillator. If it had happened at the fishing lodge where we were staying or anywhere else there wouldn’t have been much we could have done.

“We fondly referred to it as the ‘jump leads’ because it got him going again and saved his life.

“You can’t have defibrillators on every street corner but Millie’s Dream is a worthwhile campaign and Peter would have supported it.”

Mrs Ward’s eldest grandson, Oscar, is due to attend Rupert House School in Henley in January after he turns three.

The school, where Millie is already a pupil, will be the first recipient of a £1,175 defibrillator on Monday.

The appeal has so far raised £14,000 in donations and pledges. Rupert House has pledged to donate profits from its mulled wine stall at the Christmas festival in the town centre on December 6, which last year raised £3,000.

The school needs 150 bottles of red wine for the event and there will also be crates of wine being sold at the reception of Rupert House and Actvie VIII physio clinic, where Miss Roberts is clinical director.

To donate wine, call the school office on (01491) 574263.

To make a donation to Millie’s Dream, send a cheque, made out to “Millie’s Dream”, to: Barclays Bank, 10 Hart Street, Henley, RG9 2AX. The account number is 23727610 and the sort code is 20-39-53.

For more information, visit www.milliesdream.org.uk

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