“I just blacked out with no warning.”

It’s a day that I will never forget.

I went into work a little late after my wife, and I picked her friend up at the airport. Little did we know she would be spending her entire week’s holiday in the waiting area at the hospital.

My wife dropped me off at work. I was standing in a doorway when I turned to go into my office. That is the last thing I remember until waking up in emergency a couple of hours later. I just blacked out with no warning.

I was later told a colleague started CPR while staff called emergency. The paramedics had a defibrillator with them. The second shock restored my heart rhythm.

They stabilised me and transported me to the nearest emergency. That is where I woke up feeling pain in my left ankle. X-rays showed a fracture just above the ankle from my fall when I passed out. All I could think of was that fracture and the fact I couldn’t play golf for a while.

A day later my surgeon was implanting an internal defibrillator in my chest. It is hard to conceive of such an amazing device, that is so small yet has the power to save a life over and over.

My ICD fired four times in the first year. I remember each date because that is four more times I would have died if not for the technology we now have.

It sure does make every new day just a little bit more special for me.

– Bob, 47