A lifesaving defibrillator has been donated to Broughty Ferry YMCA – with help from a woman whose own life was saved by a mystery medical duo.
Angela Cain, 45, was enjoying an outdoor keep fit class with her sister on Castle Green on August 26 last year when she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed.
Survival rates in Scotland for cardiac arrests are currently just one in 20.
But luckily for Angela, a passing doctor and nurse rushed to her aid and immediately started performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
She spent 11 nights in hospital and was finally diagnosed with arrythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy – a genetic heart condition which can be difficult to detect.
Angela, who runs IC Fire and Security Limited with her husband Ian, said: “I was fitted with an ICD which is basically like my own wee defibrillator. It will shock my heart into a normal rhythm should this ever happen again.”
It was while recovering at home that she discovered Broughty Ferry YMCA was raising funds to buy its own defibrillator and she got in touch about making a donation.
Her own company carried out the installation.
She said it had given her peace of mind knowing the defibrillator was now in place should someone ever need it.
Angela said: “While I am on the road to recovery there is still not a day when I don’t think about the events of August 26 and I will be eternally grateful to the doctor, nurse and all the emergency services in attendance that day.
“If CPR had not been carried out so quickly I would not be here today.
“I would personally like to thank the doctor and nurse first on the scene but unfortunately I have not been able to trace who they are.”
The new defibrillator was handed over at Broughty Ferry YMCA after a series of fundraisers and donations to meet the £2,277 cost, with Angela and Ian donating £760.
Dave Mills, one of the directors at the YMCA, said: “We wanted to do it for the benefit of the users of our premises. We felt it was something good to do.”
The box will be situated beside the doors of the YMCA in Brook Street.