Holiday mum 'lucky to be alive'


David Humphreys

A 34-YEAR-OLD mother whose heart stopped beating while on a family holiday believes she would not have survived if she had been at home.

Lisa Wareham was on a caravan trip when her heart suddenly stopped on two separate occasions. Nurses in a neighbouring caravan were able to come to her aid.

Mrs Wareham, of Henry Taylor Street, Flint, was rushed to Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, where she was put into an 18-hour induced coma in an attempt to begin a recovery.

She said it was “fate” that she had been at a caravan site in Towyn, situated just 10 minutes drive from the hospital. If she had had to travel from her Flint home, she thinks she may not have made it.
“We’d gone to Towyn and my heart just stopped beating,” she said.
“I had to be resuscitated twice in accident and emergency.
“It was lucky I was near Glan Clwyd, if we’d have been in Flint, it could have been a very different outcome. Doctors told me it would have been so different, it must have been fate.”

After she collapsed, Mrs Wareham’s children, twins Adam and Courtney Morgan, 12, rushed to a nearby caravan where they hit a stroke of luck and found two nurses who were able to help their mum.
Mrs Wareham added: “I literally died twice, that’s how I feel about it. The first time my heart stopped for two-and-a-half minutes, then for a second time for just two minutes.

“The hospital told my husband Nick to phone my family because they didn’t think I’d survive. After I was told what had happened, the first words that came out of my mouth were ‘so I died twice?’. I have nightmares about it now. Everytime I close my eyes, I think about it, even though I’ve no idea what happened.”

Mrs Wareham’s collapse was caused by fluid that had built up around her heart following open heart surgery in March this year.
The mother-of-two has also suffered from kidney problems for 10 years and her body rejected a new kidney a year after a transplant in 2005.
Her condition has become so severe it is unlikely she will be able to undergo another procedure for a new kidney and undergoes dialysis treatment three times a week.

On Saturday night Mrs Wareham and her sister Lia Rigelle organised a charity night at Flint Town United to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the British Renal Society and included a disco, raffle and tombola.
“It was absolutely packed and we raised more than £900,” said Mrs Wareham
“The entertainment also included singer Nik Lloyd as well as cartoon characters Minnie Mouse and Spiderman.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a success.”

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