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Beating Hearts, Beating Records

A new Guinness World Record looks a safe bet after 127 cardiac arrest survivors gathered at Basildon University Hospital.

Survivors, aged 11 to 80, and their families attended the event on Saturday, June 9, which was organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK in conjunction with The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and SADS UK.

Guinness World Records have to officially verify the attempt, which could take several weeks, however organisers are confident it has been broken. To create a new world record, 50 cardiac arrest survivors had to participate.

Paul Swindell, from Benfleet Essex, set up the Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK support group following his cardiac arrest in April 2014, at the age of 48. As a key organiser of the event, he was thrilled with the turn-out. He said: “People have travelled from across the UK, by train, plane and automobile to be at the world record attempt.

“It’s been a fantastic event. It’s great to see so many survivors all together, swapping stories and being part of something as special as a world record attempt.”