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Jemima Willis thought her husband, Stefan Willis, was snoring when he started making weird noises during sleep when he actually had a heart attack. Willis soon realized something was wrong and called an ambulance. Shown together on an unknown date
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A woman has revealed that her husband was snoring like & # 39; a donkey raid & # 39; before he realized he had a heart attack.

Stefan Willis, a three-year-old father from London, was only 43 years old when he fell asleep three years ago that night.

His 37-year-old wife, Jemima, was woken up by making strange noises, and, having decided that he wasn't snoring, he thought he had a bad dream.

But when he didn't answer that she was calling his name, she immediately knew something was wrong, called an ambulance, and started CPR.

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Seven paramedics quickly took over, while Mr. Willis's heart stopped beating and he didn't breathe for 25 minutes.

At the hospital, Mrs. Willis waited for her husband to wake up after a five-day introductory coma, when doctors told her he had suffered a stroke and minor brain damage.

Doctors still don't know for sure why Mr. Willis, who said he was once in his strongest form, suffered a heart attack.

But Mr. Willis has since fully recovered with incredible progress and is back to his old, active self, cycling for charity.

Jemima Willis thought her husband, Stefan Willis, was snoring when he started making weird noises during sleep when he actually had a heart attack. Willis soon realized something was wrong and called an ambulance. Shown together on an unknown date

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Jemima Willis thought her husband, Stefan Willis, was snoring when he started making weird noises during sleep when he actually had a heart attack. Willis soon realized something was wrong and called an ambulance. Shown together on an unknown date

Mr. Willis, pictured with Mrs. Willis, is doing the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in June. He had done it four times before suffering a heart attack on October 15, 2016, and was still in its strongest form

Mr. Willis, pictured with Mrs. Willis, is doing the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in June. He had done it four times before suffering a heart attack on October 15, 2016, and was still in its strongest form

Mr. Willis, pictured with Mrs. Willis, is doing the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in June. He had done it four times before suffering a heart attack on October 15, 2016, and was still in its strongest form

Willis thanks his wife for his life and said: & I would not be here without her. There is no other way to go but die if she had not been so brave. & # 39;

It was a normal day for Mr. Willis on October 15, 2016, when he went to work as a university teacher and had spaghetti bolognese with his family for dinner, Subway reports.

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At two o'clock in the morning, the Beck couple's son, now four, woke up and Mrs. Willis went to check on him before she went back to bed.

Mrs. Willis, an art teacher, said: “It took me a while to fall asleep again, but I had fallen asleep when I was woken up by Stef making a very strange noise. It was around 3.15 p.m.

WHAT IS CARDIAC JUDGMENT AND WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, which is usually due to a problem with electrical signals in the organ.

Because of this, the brain is starved by oxygen, so that patients do not breathe and lose consciousness.

In the UK, more than 30,000 cardiac arrests take place outside the hospital for a year, compared to more than 356,000 in the US.

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Cardiac arrest is different from heart attacks, the latter occurring when blood flow to the heart muscle is interrupted by a clot in one of the coronary arteries.

Common causes are heart attacks, heart conditions and heart muscle inflammation.

Drug overdose and losing a large amount of blood can also be to blame.

Giving an electric shock through the chest wall through a defibrillator can restart the heart.

In the meantime, CPR can circulate the oxygen around the body.

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What are the signs?

There are usually no symptoms before cardiac arrest and, without immediate treatment, it will be fatal.

If someone is in cardiac arrest, he or she will not be aware, not respond or breathe normally.

& # 39; At first I thought he was snoring, and then I realized he wasn't snoring, so I thought he had a bad dream. I put my hand on his arm and tried to reassure him, but then I realized that his skin was really damp and the sounds were getting worse.

& # 39; The only sound I can compare to was a donkey cleaner. When he did not respond to me and I realized that he did not wake up, I turned on the light and immediately knew something was wrong. & # 39;

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Normally there are no signs of cardiac arrest other than the person not responding and not breathing normally, which often leads to gasping sounds.

Mrs. Willis said she was in & # 39; survival mode & # 39; went as she walked downstairs to grab her cell phone and call 999.

She said: I think I responded fairly quickly because the situation felt very serious. I don't know why, but I just knew something terrible was happening. & # 39;

Mrs. Willis performed CPR to keep her husband alive and received instructions from the telephone company.

When the ambulance arrived, paramedics shocked Mr. Willis eight times with a defibrillator trying to restart his heart.

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At the hospital, doctors warned Mrs. Willis that they did not know how much brain damage was caused by the cardiac arrest and that they were waiting.

Mrs. Willis said: “The day he came by was great, but also very scary because nobody knew how much damage his body or his brain had done.

& # 39; It was great to see how he tried to get out of the hospital bed, and he realized that he still remembered who I was and that he had a family.

& # 39; Over the next few days, I felt like I was on the lookout for things that could be different about him.

& # 39; I would wake up all night to check if he was alive, despite knowing that he now has his device. & # 39;

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Willis was equipped with an S-ICD, a mini-defibrillator that was placed in the chest to shock the heart if it went into an abnormal rhythm and to protect it against a future cardiac arrest.

Despite everything, Mr. Willis had denial of the seriousness of that night and what could have been.

He said: & # 39; I was still struggling to cope with what had happened, I couldn't even be grateful for it.

& # 39; I wanted to come back as soon as possible to feel like me – I didn't quite understand what I had just experienced. & # 39;

Mr. Willis had denied his brush of death. He had been very active before that evening and was desperate to return to his normal self afterwards. Pictured, cycling

Mr. Willis had denied his brush of death. He had been very active before that evening and was desperate to return to his normal self afterwards. Pictured, cycling

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Mr. Willis had denied his brush of death. He had been very active before that evening and was desperate to return to his normal self afterwards. Pictured, cycling

HOW TO GIVE REANIMATION

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (resuscitation) can be used to restart a person's heart when it is stopped.

CPR may only be used in an emergency situation if someone is unconscious and is not breathing.

People without CPR training must adhere to hands-only chest compressions, the NHS says.

To perform a chest compression:

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Place the heel of your hand on the sternum in the middle of a person's chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and grab your fingers together.

Place yourself with your shoulders above your hands.

Use your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down with 5-6 cm (2-2.5 inches) on their chest.

Hold your hands on their chest, release the compression, and return the chest to its original position.

Repeat these compressions at a speed of 100 to 120 times per minute until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted.

Source: NHS

Two weeks after he left the hospital, Willis saw a 24-hour episode in A&E with a man who had a heart attack.

It finally struck Mr Willis, who is also father of Bo, 12, and Miller, one he and his family had experienced.

He said: & # 39; I saw the reality of how cardiac arrests are treated. There are so many employees involved, so much equipment attached to the patient, and the family was so shocked.

& # 39; This brought it all home for me – what I had experienced, my brush of death and what my poor wife, family, and friends had experienced.

& # 39; Sometimes I look at my one-year-old son and think; "You were almost not here for so long". Because of this I think about what happened, but I also feel incredibly grateful. & # 39;

Willis doesn't remember what happened that night, just that he fell asleep and woke up five days later at Kings College Hospital in London.

He said: & # 39; I have never had health problems. There was no indication that something was wrong with my heart, so my sudden cardiac arrest was a huge shock to myself and my family. & # 39;

Cardiac arrest can be caused by almost any heart disease and can occur as a result of a heart attack, heart disease or heart muscle inflammation.

But for Willis and his family, they are still being screened and tested to discover the cause of his unexpected cardiac arrest.

In the UK, more than 30,000 cardiac arrests take place outside the hospital for a year, compared to more than 356,000 in the US.

Willis realized how happy he was and thanks his wife for saving his life. The family is still undergoing screening and testing to discover the cause of his unexpected cardiac arrest. Shown together after Mr. Willis participated in a charity cycling race

Willis realized how happy he was and thanks his wife for saving his life. The family is still undergoing screening and testing to discover the cause of his unexpected cardiac arrest. Shown together after Mr. Willis participated in a charity cycling race

Willis realized how happy he was and thanks his wife for saving his life. The family is still undergoing screening and testing to discover the cause of his unexpected cardiac arrest. Shown together after Mr. Willis participated in a charity cycling race

Before the incident, Willis was an avid cyclist and cycled more than 621 miles (1,000 km) a month, so he was desperately looking for his bike.

Only a few months before his cardiac arrest, he undertook a cycling race in the French Alps and felt the most fit he had ever been.

Willis completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) six months after his cardiac arrest and has participated twice since.

He promised he would be there every year and said: & # 39; I had completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride four times before my heart stopped. & # 39;

Emma Day, organizer of the BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride said: & Everyone who participates helps us to earn money for research that brings breakthrough new breakthroughs and a revolution in the treatment of the 7.4 million UK people currently living with cardiovascular disease.

& # 39; People like Stefan are a true inspiration and we are incredibly grateful for his courage and determination to help us defeat heartbreak forever.

If you want to sponsor Mr. Willis for this year's London to Brighton Bike Ride, you can do so by going to his website JustGiving page.

If you want to participate in the event or in one of the BHF cycling tours, you can find more information about Register here.

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