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Great North Run challenge for cardiac patient

A man who underwent a triple heart bypass will be keeping a promise he made to his surgeon when he takes part in the Great North Run in September.

On the eve of his surgery at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Michael Underhill told his surgeon that he would take part in the Great North Run as soon as he was fit and able to do.

He will keep that promise later this year and raise funds for the British Heart Foundation at the same time.

Michael said: “In November 2013 I suffered a heart attack. This came completely out of the blue as I had been fit and well before.

“I ended up having a triple heart bypass and spent almost a month in hospital. Now, thanks to the fantastic work of my surgeon and the team at Dewsbury Hospital who supported me throughout my long rehabilitation, I can now fulfil the promise I made.”

Michael, who is 52 and lives in Batley has worked consistently to regain his fitness and has recently run a 10K race, only 14 months after his operation.

He said: “I truly appreciate the super work that the hospital team and the British Heart Foundation do. I can now look forward to a much longer and healthier future with my wife and family who have given me incredible support throughout the last two years.

“I also want to give something back by raising money for the British Heart Foundation so that they may continue giving others the care and support that I received.”

Kate Bullock, Team Leader Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist said: “Cardiac Rehabilitation is a programme of education and exercise that aims to help patients with certain heart conditions to improve their lifestyle and overall heart health. Taking part in an individualised programme has been found to reduce the risk of further heart problems.

“It is really valuable in enabling patients to get back to doing all they were doing and enjoying before their heart event.

“It’s great to hear that Michael is doing well and, on behalf of the Mid Yorkshire Cardiac Rehabilitation Service, I wish him all the very best for his Great North Run.”

If you would like to support Michael’s fundraising campaign, you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page: