When Henry McLoughlin collapsed at a funeral in Burt earlier this year, he genuinely thought his time had come.
Henry was attending a funeral at St Aengus’ Church in January when he began to feel unwell before suffering serious cardiac arrest.
But a mercy dash to Burt GAA Club for a life-saving defibrillator certainly kept Henry here today.
Now kind-hearted Henry has donated a defibrillator to St Aengus’ as an extraordinary gesture if someone should suffer the same misfortune as him.
Henry received a Samaritan PAD500 defibrillator donated as part of the ‘Forward Hearts’ campaign by Northern Irish Defibrillator manufacturer Heartsine Technologies.
The Forward Hearts Campaign donates a defibrillator to cardiac arrest survivors so they in turn can donate the defibrillator on.
Henry made the donation of the vital piece of medical equipment to Fr Sweeney at St Aengus’ in Burt this week.
Medical experts say to have such a defibrillator on hand can help save a life with research showing that for every one minute that passes after cardiac arrest, a person has 10% less chance of survival.