Cllr Ryk Downes

Liberal Democrat Councillor working all year round for Otley & Yeadon Learn more

Councillor fighting fit and ready to go

by rykdownes on 27 April, 2016

Councillor Ryk Downes is due to return to full duties at the start of May following his near fatal heart attack at the end of January.
After suffering the heart attack near his home in Pool-in-Wharfedale, he underwent a triple heart bypass in February and has now been given a clean bill of health by his doctors.

Last weekend he met up with two of the many amazing people that were on hand to bring him back to life after he collapsed whilst out running. Kay Hargraves (in photo), stopped her car and rushed to his assistance, performing CPR when she realised that he had stopped breathing.

Passing cyclist Ben Connor, a Leeds University student and first aider from Burley in Wharfedale, also stopped to help with the life-saving CPR efforts along with two contractors from a nearby site.

Skip driver Dario Claydon (also pictured) was on hand just as a defibrillator arrived from the nearby Pool-in-Wharfedale General Stores and Post Office. Dario had been trained in the use of the equipment and took over shocking Ryk’s heart back into action.

After twenty minutes at the scene, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service lifted Ryk to the LGI where he was initially given less than 10% chance of survival but pulled through, making a remarkable recovery and giving him the chance to meet up with some of the people who saved his life.

Cllr Ryk Downes said, “I was so lucky that these amazing people were on hand when I needed them and they were able to do exactly what was necessary to bring me back to life. I will always be thankful to them for their brave actions on that day.


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