Attending the Munster Heart Foundation Ball were Ollie Mullooly, Lisa Tracey, organiser, Edel Gupta and Prof. Rajnish Gupta Picture: Gareth Williams
THE LIMERICK man who had a heart attack while swimming at the University of Limerick Sports Arena pool is calling on the public to support University Hospital Limerick’s aim to be a “cardiac centre of note”.
Annacotty man Barry Long spoke at the second annual Munster Heart Foundation charity ball at the Strand Hotel on Saturday night, in aid of the cardiology unit at University Hospital Limerick.
More than €10,000 was raised for the unit.
Mr Long, 47, whose heart stopped six times after suffering a heart attack at the swimming pool on March 10, 2017, spoke on the night of the need to invest in equipment and CPR training in order to save lives.
“Supporting [the Foundation] means that we are going to be able to buy the best equipment. We are going to be able to do the best research and we’re going to get UHL on the map in terms of a cardiac centre of note. What that will do is, it will attract the very best people, and it will mean that the care that the people in this region will actually have is going to be second to none.”
Director of the Munster Heart Foundation and consultant cardiologist, Prof Tom Kiernan, who founded the charity in 2013, said that it was a “huge pleasure” to host the event.
UL Hospitals Group CEO, Prof Colette Cowan, who attended the event, said: “I was delighted to attend the Munster Heart Foundation Ball. The new cardiology department at UHL opened in 2013 and the Munster Heart Foundation was set up two years later to support its work.”
She welcomed Mr Long’s speech about his experience with UHL’s services.
In 2016, the cardiology department saw over 7,400 outpatients; and over 1,200 inpatient and more than 1,800 day case procedures were carried out in addition to more than 3,800 cath lab procedures.
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