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Air Ambulance Week: I almost died while out jogging

A dad  who says he is “very lucky to be alive” after suffering a serious cardiac arrest while out running is supporting us during Air Ambulance Week.

James Woodgate, aged 38, who lives in Clipston near Market Harborough was jogging along a country road in a remote part of Northamptonshire when he collapsed.

A passing motorist found him and stopped and gave him CPR and another driver called 999 and went to a nearby village where there was a defibrillator. Our local air ambulance arrived at the scene, took over his treatment and transferred him to hospital in Coventry.

James said: “I am very lucky to be alive as the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrests is very low. If it wasn’t for a series of events, including the air ambulance coming quickly, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Every rescue mission we fly costs £1,700 and we receive no government funding, relying totally on public donations.

“What they do is fantastic – and it is free. You never know when you, your family or friends might need the air ambulance. You hope it will never happen to someone you love but I am living proof that it can and the air ambulance saves lives.”

The father-of-two, who works as a communications manager, is now jogging twice a week after being fitted with an implantable cardiverter defibrillator (ICD) device. He is in good health and attends regular check-ups at hospital.

Grateful for the help James received in his hour of need, his family and friends are now fundraising for the local air ambulance.

Readers inspired by his story can do the same by giving up just one hour of their free time during Air Ambulance Week (Sept 17-25). Click here to find out more.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire  & Rutland Air Ambulance and the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance are both taking to the streets this national Air Ambulance Week to hand out yellow cross pin badges in exchange for donations. Last year’s campaign raised £25,000.

People are being urged to wear the yellow cross badge as a symbol of the air ambulance.

Read about out latest missions here.

Every mission costs approximately £1,700 and on average we attend six rescue missions a day.

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