AN ALFRETON man took part in a tandem skydive to raise funds and awareness for Arrhythmia Alliance, the heart rhythm charity.
Raj Pathak, 28, made the death-defying leap after his mother was diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder and urgently needed to be fitted with a pacemaker.
Raj hopes that participating in the skydive will help those who are misdiagnosed and also make more people aware of arrhythmias and the dangers of it not being treated properly. He said: “The jump was incredible, that’s the only way I can explain it and it was all for Arrhythmia Alliance. I’ve so far raised £630. It turns out my mum had been suffering with the symptoms for many years which were misdiagnosed as high blood pressure. This could have been a fatal mistake. If you know me, my amazing mum or someone with a heart condition like an arrhythmia or someone with a pacemaker, or even a heart or a mum, please support the Arrhythmia Alliance!” Fiona Ahearn, of Arrhythmia Alliance, said “We’re thrilled that Raj has undertaken such an amazing fundraising feat to help our charity and to raise awareness. Heart rhythm disorders can cause untold suffering and we’re grateful to Raj for supporting Arrhythmia Alliance, The Heart Rhythm Charity.”
Raj’s mother, 59-year-old Santosh Pathak, had been suffering with symptoms of an arrhythmia for years, but doctors put it down to high blood pressure and her weight. AAfter a fitness test at the local hospital, a 24 hour heart monitor confirmed she had a very slow heart beat with a rate of 45bpm. Consequently, she was fast-tracked for a pacemaker.
Raj says that his next challenge will be climbing Kilimanjaro in January 2013 and is now looking for more fundraising challenges to undertake. To make a donation http://www.justgiving.com/SkydiverRaj