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Tamworth man saved by defibrillator praises Herald's campaign

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: March 16, 2017

Retired businessman Nick Taroni had a massive heart attack in 2012 and was saved by a defibrillator.

Retired businessman Nick Taroni had a massive heart attack in 2012 and was saved by a defibrillator.

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"IF IT WASN'T for defibrillators I would not be here today, so I think the Herald's campaign has been excellent."

These are the words of Tamworth's Nick Taroni, who was one of the first people to back our Have a Heart campaign after he was saved by a defibrillator five years ago.

Since the campaign launch in April last year, he has been following the action every week in the Herald and shared his story of survival to highlight the importance of the life-saving devices.

Nick believes the ten defibrillators we have acquired will go a long way in saving lives in Tamworth.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Herald has been able to reach their target of ten.

"I am a living example of how important defibrillators are to saving lives as without one, hands down, I would be dead."

Retired businessman Nick Taroni contacted the Herald in May 2016, after he survived a heart attack and several strokes in 2012.

Being just inches from death, he was zapped by a defibrillator and eventually his heart began to beat again.

After having the heart transplant he so desperately needed, he now feels reborn, but had it not been for the defibrillator that restarted his heart, he would not be here to tell his tale.

He said: "They shocked me seven times with a defibrillator and without that I would certainly not have made it, I fell so lucky to be alive!

"These defibrillators will save lives in Tamworth and will help reduce the numbers of needless deaths that happen each year from cardiac arrest. It is absolutely brilliant that we now have these devices up and running."

Every year across the country up to 60,000 people – almost the population of Tamworth – die needlessly from cardiac arrest.

With these defibrillators that have been installed across the town, many deaths could be avoided in our town in the future.

Despite reaching our target, members of the Have a Heart Team who have been working with the Herald, are desperate to keep the momentum going.

Richard Kingstone, Have a Heart team member, said: "We've got the cash to install more machines, but we need locations and that's the challenge.

"If you know of a parade of shops in your patch, if you know of a pub or any building that needs a device, then get in touch.

"We will do our very best so that within the next few years, there is a defibrillator machine within easy reach of every single one of the 77,000 residents in our community."

Anyone still keen to get involved with the campaign should continue to contact Herald reporter Nick Reid or visit the Have a Heart Team Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TamworthHaveAHeart/

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