Athlete who ‘cheated death eight times’ takes part in triathlon alongside rescuers
Hard to believe, isn’t it. Cats are supposed to have nine lives, but honestly, a guy? It’s true though. Facing incredible odds, he not only managed to survive but also returned to the spot where it all started with an accident.
This is the incredible story of 26 years old Matthew Hawksley.In June 2011 he was at Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland, diving off a 15 ft. pierafter completing a triathlon. Unfortunately, the spot he dived into had only about 3 feet of water over sand. The result, needless to say was catastrophic. When Matthew was pulled out of the water his neck was found to be broken, and his heart had stopped. During the efforts to bring him back to life his heart stopped three more times. He lay in a coma for five weeks in a hospital.
While in hospital he contracted MRSA, an infection that develops rapidly and resists normal drugs, making it very difficult to treat. Then he developed pneumonia.
The doctors had told him that he would never walk again. After going home from the hospital, he was struck down with testicular cancer. Only after the right testicle was removed was he declared cancer-free.
He was still left crippled from his neck accident, but as a real example of the heights a man can aspire to and attain, he didn’t let this stop him. He fought back the cancer and the paralysis and managed to regain a level of fitness that only athletes can hope to achieve.
This year, on the 14th of this month, exactly three years after he had had that terrible accident, he was back in Mullaghmore, taking part in the same triathlon.
A triathlon is a sporting event which includes three disciplines, usually running, swimming and cycling. Without any rest period in between. A triathlon is a lot more strenuous than any of the individual disciplines themselves. To get anywhere in a triathlon, you need to have an overall level of fitness that is far more than a standard athlete.
Matthew, after all those debilitating accidents and illnesses, when he was expected to spend the rest of his life in a chin controlled wheelchair,instead, regained the mobility and fitness to compete in this year’s triathlon. He swam 350 m and walk-ran 5 km in 1 hour and 25 minutes. Unfortunately he could not take part in the bike event as he had not brought his bike.
He also spoke for the first time with the persons who had saved him from drowning, and the nurse who brought him back to life. Two of the four divers who had pulled him from the water, Angela and Finbar Dunne told him that the two others were already there when they reached him. Angela also told him that chest compressions were started immediately as no pulse could be found and a relay of people performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation during the 45 minute wait for the ambulance arrived. Another person was Fiona Hillary, a nurse, who had happened to be there, was part of those who were trying to revive her. She told Matthew that his heart had stopped there on the beach and they got it back faintly, and they brought it back again. In the ambulance there were some problems, as his heart rate was irregular, and his sugar level was low and he was very cold on top of that.
However, the main thing is that he came back through the well wishes of all the people, and his own inner strength. It may have taken him three years but he never stopped, never backed down and now is on the road to recovery. So, do think you got troubles? Think about Matthew Helmsley.https://www.aartiinformatics.com/weird/athlete-who-cheated-death-eight-times/Athlete who ‘cheated death eight times’ https://www.aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Matthew-Hawksley.jpghttps://www.aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Matthew-Hawksley-300x300.jpgWEIRDincredible story,resuscitation,standard athlete,terrible accidentHard to believe, isn’t it. Cats are supposed to have nine lives, but honestly, a guy? It’s true though. Facing incredible odds, he not only managed to survive but also returned to the spot where it all started with an accident. This is the incredible story of 26 years old...Aarti InformaticsAarti Daartiinformatics@gmail.comAdministratorAarti Informatics lead in development and invention of the industry’s most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, web-based solutions & business strategies.Aarti Informatics