Amazing’ husband brings wife back from brink of death after her heart stops beating
Alby Hough had never performed CPR before, but did an “amazing job” getting Lisa back into consciousness until the ambulance arrived to their home in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough
A woman has spoken of the moment her “superstar” partner brought her back from the brink of death.
When 41-year-old Lisa Hough’s heart suddenly stopped beating this year, her husband’s quick-thinking saved her life, reports Teesside Live.
The couple were laying in bed, just weeks after getting married and moving into a new family-home, when 37-year-old Alby realised his wife wasn’t breathing.
The mum-of two, from Thornaby, near Middlesbrough, said she is active and has no underlying health conditions and explained: “Alby only clocked what happened because I rolled over and hit him in the face. I assume my body was in some kind of spasm.
“He dragged me off the bed and resuscitated me on the bedroom floor.”
Alby had never performed CPR before, but did an “amazing job” getting Lisa back into consciousness until the ambulance came.
“It could have happened at anytime” she added. “So I’m so glad he was there beside me to save me. He really is amazing and my absolute superstar”.
The couples’ children, Alby, 15 and Billie-Jo, 13, were aware of what was happening and stayed by their dad’s side the entire time.
Lisa was taken to intensive care at James Cook University Hospital on July 26, where she remained under medical supervision for the next nine days.
But during that time, her heart stopped beating again.
She explained: “I was in a room on my own, just waiting for my lunch, and the next thing I knew I woke up with a jolt.
“There was no pain – but my heart had given out again. They checked over my organs, but there is nothing obviously wrong going on.
“The only thing they can find is a mildly abnormal heart rhythm.”
Following the two out-of-the-blue incidents, Lisa has had a personal defibrillator fitted which will shock her heart and send an immediate message to the hospital if her heart stops beating again.
Reflecting on the near-death experience, Lisa said: “It’s incredibly scary and one of those things you never expect to happen to you.
“Everyday day I ask ‘how can this happen to someone so active and healthy?’
“I don’t have underlying health issues, and I’ve always kept fit looking after horses. I don’t drink, or smoke, and I’ve never done drugs.
“It’s so weird that it happened without prior chest pains, or any kind of illness leading up to it.
“It’s a massive shock, but I’m learning to live with it.”
However, the incident has understandably left her with considerable anxiety, with Lisa adding: “I do worry about doing things on my own and it’s always in the back of my mind.”
She is incredibly thankful to both her partner of 21 years, and the staff at James Cook.
“Alby and I have seen each other through thick and thin, and I’m so grateful for him looking after me,” said Lisa.
“And the hospital staff have been amazingly supportive too. They’ve given me a new lease of life, and I know they are only a phone call away whenever I am worried.”