Falkirk sisters on the run to save more lives

Mum Liz Thomson with daughter Angela who saved her life when she had a cardiac arrest
Mum Liz Thomson with daughter Angela who saved her life when she had a cardiac arrest

A brave daughter who helped save her mum’s life is raising money for a charity dedicated to fighting heart disease.

Angela Thomson also wants to highlight the need for people to learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

She was playing badminton with her schoolteacher mum last August when Liz (57) suddenly collapsed.

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Angela (26), of Griffiths Street, Falkirk, said: “I’d had one first aid lesson years ago but knew that I had to do CPR. A member of staff at Hallglen Sports Centre helped and we were getting advice over the phone from the ambulance service until paramedics arrived.

“It was very scary but I think everyone should have access to basic lifesaving training.”

Liz, who is married to Roy, has now returned to work at Wallacestone Primary. Before her collapse she had been getting tests but doctors had been unable to find out what was wrong.

She said: “I remember saying ‘let me get my breath’ then the next thing I was waking up three days later in hospital.

“It was caused by my heart rythmn being out of kilter. I spent several weeks in hospital and had a defibrillator fitted. But thanks to Angela’s quick actions I’m still here!”

Angela, who is a part-time play leader, and sister Suzanne (28) took part in last weekend’s Edinburgh Marathon relay to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation, along with their boyfriends Mark Sinclair (28) and Stephan Dreyer (27).

They also organised fundraising events at Falkirk’s Pizza Hut, where Angela, who has a twin Caroline, works.

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Angela-Thomson4.