Man who survived two heart attacks in Glendalough honours Mountain Rescue

On Saturday 9th November Monika Mossakowska presented the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain rescue team with a cheque for €4,100 at Glendalough upper lake, the results of a fund raising cycle for the team.

It was also an opportunity for Monika and her partner Ken to say thank you to Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team members and advance paramedic Ian Brennan who helped to save Ken’s life.

The upper lake was a poignant place for Monika to present the team with the cheque.

On a cold Easter Sunday morning of this year Monika and her partner went for a Sunday walk to the Spinc area of Glendalough.

Shortly into the walk Monika’s partner Ken became extremely short of breath and began to suffer from the symptoms of a heart attack. Extremely concerned Monika dialled 999.

Emergency services tasked both the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team and Glen of Imaal Mountain rescue team to the incident. Members of both teams were quickly on site along with HSE paramedics to make the casualty as comfortable as possible and to prepare the casualty for transit to hospital. The Irish Coast guard helicopter was tasked from Waterford as the Dublin based Rescue 116 helicopter was already tasked to another job.

Upon the helicopters arrival the paramedic trained crew assessed the casualty and winched him on board. As Ken’s condition was so serious, advance paramedic Ian Brennan accompanied Ken in the helicopter where he suffered a second heart attack.

Thankfully Monika’s partner is recovering well. As a show of appreciation Monika embarked on raising funds for the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team. Monika decided that a sponsored 200Km cycle from Kill in Kildare, her home town to Galway would be appropriate.

Doing the entire route in one day! Gathering friends and family around her to help out with the effort they set off on their arduous journey at 08:00 on Friday 23rd August. Arriving into Galway much later that day success was on their side. The result of this effort was raising €4,100 for the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain rescue team.

The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team would like thank all the agencies involved in ensuring the outcome to the initial call out was a successful one, further to this we would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to Monika and her team for the sterling effort put into raising a huge amount of funds for the team.

(Source and pictures DWMRT)

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