Constable making most of second chance at life
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May 15, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Constable making most of second chance at life

Ottawa West News

Andrew Rosbrook celebrated his second chance at life by starting an eight-day trek from Ottawa to Toronto.

Rosbrook was within sight of the finish line during last year's annual spring marathon in Toronto when he collapsed.

He woke up later at St. Michael's hospital hours later to learn that he had suffered from cardiac arrest.

It was the alarmed scream of a fellow runner as Rosbrook hit the ground that drew the attention of Det. Laurie Mc-Cann, handling traffic detail nearby. It took an off-duty physician, a paramedic and a paramedic in training to save his life.

The paramedics were armed with a MIKEY defibrillator and administered the shock to the chest that started his heart after he had been without a pulse for five minutes.

Rosbrook said after his second chance at life he wanted to do something worthwhile.

"I think we need to raise awareness," he said. "A MIKEY defibrillator saved my life. But a lot of people are afraid to use them. In my case I was dead so I couldn't have been worse off."

Rosbrook is an avid runner, so he thought it would be apt to make his fundraiser a marathon that will end where he was supposed to finish the marathon a year ago.

"The organizers of the Toronto marathon are going to give him a completion medal a year after the race," Rosbrook's mother Anita said. "We are very proud of him. He is really doing something with the second chance he was given."

Before the cardiac arrest last year, Rosbrook had run a variety of marathons, half-marathons and ultra races - anything over 42 kilometres.

"I think he has been a runner since he was five or 10," Anita said.

On the first day of his eight day journey, Rosbrook started at Parliament Hill and then made stops at Hunt Club Road and Riverside before ending the day in Kemptville.

"I am taking it slow and pacing myself," he said, adding he was keeping a clear mind and watching the local architecture and countryside roll by as he ran.

He said he planned to stop every 20 km along his route before hitting the finish line in Toronto on May 12.

Rosbrook said he feels he owes it to himself to spread the message about the importance of defibrillators. "I will run, walk, crawl or stumble 60 to 70 km a day to the finish line of the race that nearly ended my life last year," he said.

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