Leeds & West Yorkshire

Heart attack survivor tackles Leeds 10k to buy defibrillators

Ryk Downes with his two rescuers Image copyright Ryk Downes
Image caption Rik Downes' life was save by passing motorists Kay Hargraves (left) and Dario Claydon (right) who used a defibrillator to restart his heart

A man who underwent triple heart-bypass surgery just weeks ago is to run a 10km race for charity.

Ryk Downes' collapsed with a heart attack in January, but was saved thanks to a defibrillator at the Post Office in Pool-in-Wharfedale, near Leeds.

Two passing motorists stopped and administered CPR, using the defibrillator to restart his heart.

Mr Downes, a Lib Dem councillor, is raising money to buy more of the devices.

The 51-year-old, who is running the race in Leeds later, told how he was on his daily run when he collapsed yards form his home.

"It was a congenital condition, it could have happened at any time," he said

"I was totally unaware. I don't even remember it happening. I was very lucky.

"I was the first person to be saved in the area by a community defibrillator so I want to raise money to help others."

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