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Bury St Edmunds heart attack victim rebuilds life

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From being fit and active to suffering a cardiac arrest in 2015, Gary Wright has spent the last four years fighting his way back to fitness.

Gary, from Bury St Edmunds, ran marathons and cycled regularly before he went into cardiac arrest in Cineworld in 2015.

Two nurses who happened to be in the audience performed CPR and kept him alive until paramedics arrived.

Gary Wright lost two stone on his way back to fitness
Gary Wright lost two stone on his way back to fitness

In the immediate aftermath, at just 49 years of age, life became very different for Gary, who had been rendered extremely weak by the heart attack.

Even the most basic daily tasks left him breathless and having been robbed of his active lifestyle, he began to put on weight.

In October 2016, however, having regained some strength, Gary started to get his life back on track and joined Slimming World.

He said: “I always had the right outlook. I lived for each day, but since my cardiac arrest that’s now moved to another level.”

Having worked to raise around £2,500 for charity while recovering, in January 2017 Gary decided to change his role as manager of a meat curing business to a more technical role in the industry, working four days each week.

He spent more time with his loved ones, added two puppies to his family and began to go out for walks again.

Gradually, he began to increase the distances covered with the support of his family.

He said: “My family have been fantastic. When I push myself too hard they let me know, but they always cheer me on. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Having lost two stone in weight, and after a lot of patience and perseverance, Gary managed to complete a half marathon earlier this year.

Speaking about his outlook on life since his heart attack, he said: “ I get up at 4.45am each day and I enjoy life. No matter what’s happened, there’s always a reason to be happy.”