a BELPER woman whose husband was brought back to life after suffering a heart attack is taking on a challenging hike to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
In 1988, Albert Litchfield was picking up his 16-year-old daughter, Lorna, from school when he complained he felt ill. His family quickly realised something was seriously wrong when his complexion turned grey and he became breathless and sweaty. His wife Margaret phoned for an ambulance and the 48-year-old father-of-five was taken to hospital.
Albert went into cardiac arrest and ‘died’ for a short while before doctors revived him. He later underwent a double heart bypass.
But the trauma did not stop there and earlier this month, Albert, 71, suffered a second heart attack.
Now, Margaret and Lorna, now 38, are taking on the BHF’s Hadrian’s Wall Hike on Sunday, April 17.
Margaret, 63, of Openwood Road, said: “When Albert took ill, no-one knew what to do. He was a footballer, having played for Matlock and Belper Town, and was always fit and healthy and it was such a shock to us. His mother also had heart problems and she died when she was 48 so I think there may be a genetic link in the family.
“Heart disease can affect so many people and we really want to raise awareness and funds to help families so they don’t have to go through what we did.”
Margaret and Lorna hope to raise about £200. To sponsor them, visit virginmoney.com/team/heagehearthikers.