Man who died four times when heart stopped on Friday 13th insists he feels lucky
A teacher who died FOUR TIMES after his heart stopped on Friday the 13th says he just feels "incredibly lucky" to be alive.
Jaskiran Madahar had just returned home from a dream holiday to Los Angeles and Hawaii with his wife Kawal to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Incredibly, doctors brought the Birmingham teacher back to life each time – and he is now on the road to recovery.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, Jaskiran, 36, said he now has an implant in his heart which will shock it into starting again if ever stops again.
He said: "Some would say Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck.
“I just feel incredibly lucky to be alive after my heart stopped on four separate occasions.
“There were never any signs that there was something wrong with me.
“I’m generally fit and healthy, so when this happened it was a bolt out of the blue.”
In April, Jaskiran had been on a trip to the USA with Kawal to celebrate their anniversary.
But the day after the couple arrived home – Friday April 13 – whilst he sat on the sofa, Jaskiran stopped breathing and passed out.
His wife dialled 999 and paramedics rushed him to City Hospital.
After checking his heart, medics picked up an irregularity with his heartbeat and confirmed Jaskiran had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Within minutes of arriving at the hospital, his heart stopped again – and this time it was for ten terrifying minutes.
He was revived by medics, but that was not the end of his ordeal.
Jaskiran’s heart stopped a further two times, and again the team at City Hospital snatched him back to life.
“Since the cardiac arrests in April I’ve been taking it easy,” he says now. “But I can’t really remember anything from about five days before it all happened.
“I’m told that my memories will slowly come back.
“It hasn’t really all sunk in yet and I’m still trying to get my head around it all.
Tests revealed that Jaskiran suffers from rare Long QT Syndrome, a disorder of the heart’s electrical activity which can cause sudden, uncontrollable, dangerous arrhythmias, sometimes in response to exercise or stress.
He is now on the road to recovery after having an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator – ICD for shport – fitted by Dr Abdul Maher.
“I’ve never experienced any of the symptoms related to this condition before, so it was a shock to find out that this was wrong with me,” says Jaskiran.
“I have an ICD fitted which treats people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms.
“My outlook on life has certainly changed. When something like this happens, you re-evaluate your life and want to enjoy it a bit more."
The hi-tech device buried in Jaskiran’s body is his "guardian angel" says his specialist, Dr Maher.
Jaskiran, Kawal and Dr Maher are supporting World Heart Rhythm Awareness Week, which falls this week.
“I think it’s something that people need to be more aware of,” says Jaskiran.
“If I had known how to check my pulse I might have known about my condition well before I was rushed to hospital.”
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