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52-year-old's heart stopped for 40 minutes in gym hot tub

The Argus: 52-year-old's heart stopped for 40 minutes in gym hot tub 52-year-old's heart stopped for 40 minutes in gym hot tub

A gym regular whose heart stopped for 40 minutes after he suffered a cardiac arrest in a health club hot tub, is defying medics to return to training just months later.

Roderick Wood, 52, of Bruce Avenue, Goring, was winding down after his workout at David Lloyd in Romany Road, Worthing in February when he lost consciousness and “swallow dived” into the tub.

Mr Wood said: “I had done my usual routine rowing, running, some weights and a swim.

“Then I went for a sauna and a Jacuzzi and the next thing I knowI was in a coma.”

A club member raised the alarm and lifeguard Callum Phelps and a paramedic who was swimming at the time used CPR and a defibrillator to save his life.

Unless CPR is started when someone goes into cardiac arrest, permanent damage to the brain and other organs starts after four to six minutes.

The club’s sports manager Nathan Gillingham said: “We played a small part. The heroes on the day were the paramedics. The ambulance crew were quick, and were there in four or five minutes.”

Initially expectations were low, with medics unsure if Mr Wood would come out of the coma, and if he did whether he would be brain damaged or paralysed.

While in a two-week coma, Roderick could hear and understand but could not speak.

He spent 12 weeks in hospital and was only released two weeks ago.

Staff helped him with his speech and memory due to the amount of time his brain was starved of oxygen.

Last week Roderick was back at the club for an emotional reunion with the team.

He said: “How can you thank someone who saved your life? If Nathan and the team weren’t there, I wouldn’t be here without a doubt.”

He said the 40 minutes while his heart had stopped was “serene and calm”, but added: “There were no white lights and I didn’t get the next lottery numbers.”

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8:39am Sun 18 May 14

hubby says...

Take it easy Woody.
You're not 25 any more!
Take it easy Woody. You're not 25 any more! hubby
  • Score: 12

10:38am Sun 18 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Andrew Marr the BBC presenter suffered a stroke after he went full pelt during a rowing session.
You aren't young anymore but you can stay fit without putting yourself under so much strain.
Maybe The Argus can offer readers help with some advice from medical experts about what exercise people should do as they get older to stay fit without damaging themselves.
Andrew Marr the BBC presenter suffered a stroke after he went full pelt during a rowing session. You aren't young anymore but you can stay fit without putting yourself under so much strain. Maybe The Argus can offer readers help with some advice from medical experts about what exercise people should do as they get older to stay fit without damaging themselves. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 12

12:09pm Sun 18 May 14

pachallis says...

As an ex-heart attack sufferer myself, I know how important it is to take it careful and build up strength afterwards.

I wish Roderick the best for his recovery but humbly suggest he takes notice of the health professionals.

I attended cardiac rehab classes at the Royal Sussex County where they have resuscitation experts on hand together with oxygen and defib machines. They also provide heart monitors and exercise routines to allow a gentle, safe, build up of general muscle tone and stamina.

I'd echo @Maxwell's Ghost that before anyone starts exercises, especially for those of advancing years, that they check with their GP and possibly get the various checks of cholesterol levels, ECG, etc.
As an ex-heart attack sufferer myself, I know how important it is to take it careful and build up strength afterwards. I wish Roderick the best for his recovery but humbly suggest he takes notice of the health professionals. I attended cardiac rehab classes at the Royal Sussex County where they have resuscitation experts on hand together with oxygen and defib machines. They also provide heart monitors and exercise routines to allow a gentle, safe, build up of general muscle tone and stamina. I'd echo @Maxwell's Ghost that before anyone starts exercises, especially for those of advancing years, that they check with their GP and possibly get the various checks of cholesterol levels, ECG, etc. pachallis
  • Score: 9

8:47pm Sun 18 May 14

worthingite says...

Good Worthing Herald story
Good Worthing Herald story worthingite
  • Score: 1

11:27pm Mon 19 May 14

ghost bus driver says...

If you do CPR on someone you stand a good chance of breaking their ribs. However what would you prefer? Death or (very) sore ribs? Just shows it does work if done quickly enough, as you keep the oxygen going to the brain.

Well done to the guy who saved him btw
If you do CPR on someone you stand a good chance of breaking their ribs. However what would you prefer? Death or (very) sore ribs? Just shows it does work if done quickly enough, as you keep the oxygen going to the brain. Well done to the guy who saved him btw ghost bus driver
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