Heart man David’s book to notch up charity cash

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A heart patient who has just had his third implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD) fitted has written a book to raise money for a Bolton support group.

David Makinson wants the money to go towards providing defibrillators for schools and sports clubs to help save lives. The 48 year old author was born with a complex congenital heart condition and spent the first few month of his life in hospital.

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Mr Makinson had two major heart operations when he was three years old and nine years old, which means he is now able to live a normal life. He enjoys sport and was passionate about playing hockey. But in 2000, while on a charity bike ride between Manchester and Blackpool, the then 36 year old experienced a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia.

The father of one, from Lostock had his first ICD fitted, which will re-start his heart if a serious arrhythmia happens again. But Mr Makinson has to go for regular three monthly check-ups on both his heart and the ICD , and two weeks ago it was changed for the third time. He said “I was lucky it didn’t kill me really. Up to that point, although, I had cardio problems as a child, I had been fine. I was very fit, which was just as well as otherwise my heart would have gone into arrest. I have had two devices now and am on my third one and I thought that I have had so much out of the system that I should give something back.” Mr Makinson has written a short ebook called “The Unwelcome Guests”, which is intended to highlight the plight of people suffering from the life-long illnesses which his compares to having an unwanted guest. He wants the money to go to the Bolton ICD Support Group.

Mr Makinson said: “When you have a heart problem, it is quite an enxious time and people do need support and reassurance and the work that the support group is doing is pretty invaluable. I can’t run a marathon in my condition but I can write.”

“The Unwelcome Guests” is available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and costs 77p. Click the link to buy the ebook now http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CBTLF5W If you purchase this ebook between 1st May 2013 and 31st October 2013 you can enter a prize draw for a chance of winning 7 nights free accommodation for four people on the beautiful Western Algarve, Portugal visit www.offupop.co.uk for more details.

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