If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself as the saying goes. Even when it comes to restarting the old ticker.
A retiree from Hamilton, New Zealand took ingenuity to an all new level after using a neighbors 8,000 volt fence to restart his heart.
John Griffin suffers from an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AF), which if ignored can lead to a stroke.After becoming frustrated with the care he was receiving the last time he was treated at the emergency department, so he checked himself out of the hospital and ended up using his neighbors electric fence to shock himself instead.
It gave him a “decent belt”, he said, and his heart started beating regularly again.
“It was right as rain … It worked like a treat.”
But medical experts have warned against Griffin’s DIY method, labelling the practice “dangerous”.
The 69-year-old retiree has had AF for 19 years. He says he knows when it comes on, knows when to take his medication and when to seek medical attention.
But on April 2nd, he had finally had it. He swore at a senior nurse in Waikato Hospital’s Emergency Department [ED], and ended up leaving without treatment.
Griffin said he had put up with the irregular heartbeat for about 20 hours. From 48 hours onward, a patient becomes susceptible to a stroke.
Griffin felt the atrial fibrillation wasn’t going away so admitted himself to the hospital’s ED.
During the first two hours, he had scans and tests, before being told it would be another six hour wait.