I’m lucky to be alive, says veteran athlete

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The father of an Olympic shot putter says he is lucky to be alive after suffering a heart attack during an athletics competition.

Dave Myerscough, 69, whose son Carl represented Great Britain in last year’s Olympics, is now recovering at home after collapsing on the running track following a shot put contest in Stanley Park.

Mr Myerscough told The Gazette he had no recollection of even travelling to the event from his home in Hambleton on the day the attack happened. He said: “I stopped breathing for about four minutes and went blue.

“They put defibrillators on me twice to get my heart going.

“They told Angela, my wife, I was gravely ill and not to expect too much because I might not survive.

“I was very lucky to survive.”

Mr Myerscough was on a life support machine at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s (BVH) intensive care unit for 13 days after the incident, which happened on April 17, and Carl flew back from his home in California to be at his father’s bedside the following day.

Mr Myerscough was given the all clear to return home a fortnight ago and says he is now slowly recovering from his ordeal.

He said: “We can’t speak highly enough of the hospital and the British Red Cross.

“I’m still very weak but I’ve done some housework, so I’m recovering gradually.

“I’m very lucky to be here.”

Mrs Myerscough added: “The nurses in intensive care were absolutely fantastic. He’s definitely on the mend.”