Marathon man hits finish line five years after cardiac arrest

18 February 2021

Marathon man hits finish line five years after cardiac arrest
In the summer of 2015, 39-year-old David Todd woke to severe chest pain. After suffering a cardiac arrest following a heart attack, he was transferred to Hammersmith Hospital for emergency surgery and placed in an induced coma.

“In hindsight I’d been feeling grim for weeks beforehand but ignored what my body was desperately trying to tell me," said David.

"Without sounding over-dramatic, I am lucky that didn’t cost me my life.”

During his time in a coma, David was also battling severe pneumonia, with his family being told to prepare for the worst.  

“There were times when they went home not knowing if I would make it through the night and I’m eternally grateful for the care and compassion they received from the team at Hammersmith to help them get through this period.”

There were times when my family went home not knowing if I would make it through the night."

David Todd

After three weeks, David woke up and a week later started physiotherapy to help him walk again. Just two months later he was back at work.

Grateful to the Cardiac Care Team who supported him, David was inspired to take on last year’s virtual London Marathon and raise funds for Hammersmith Hospital. He smashed his original goal of £500 and raised £2,688!

“I wanted to go some way towards thanking them for everything they team have done, and continue to do, for me.” David added.

"I can’t praise the Critical Care team highly enough – simply put, I wouldn’t be here without them."

David Todd

The London Marathon legend is still receiving yearly check-ups and support from the Cardiac Care Team, despite moving out of London two years ago.

“I was given the option to switch to a hospital closer to home but chose to stay with Hammersmith. Their care and management of me over the last 5 years has been second-to-none and I couldn’t wish to be in better hands.

I can’t praise them highly enough – simply put, I wouldn’t be here without them,” said David.

This is not the end of the running road for David who has applied for a place in this year’s London Marathon and hopes to raise even more vital funds for Hammersmith Hospital.

You can still show your support for the hospital’s Cardiac Care Team by donating to David’s fundraising page