While walking to work in February 2012, I fell to the pavement, breaking my jaw, and stopped breathing. My heart failed. I was just 23-years-old.
Luckily I was resuscitated at the scene by two men, Harry and Peter, who owned a nearby café and just so happened to be ex-healthcare staff.
After seven-weeks treatment in hospital, I was diagnosed with a rare heart defect called dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, which causes weakened heart muscles to insufficiently pump blood around the body.
Now to live, I have to use a defibrillator and a pacemaker to ensure my heart keeps pumping blood. But while it has meant a change of life for me, I am very thankful to the guys who saved my life.
Now I want to tell other young people to get their hearts scanned. I was a lifeguard and was relatively fit, and there were no signs of any form of heart defect.
Around 80% of heart conditions show no symptoms, and that is why I am trying to encourage everyone to screen their heart and to look out for their cardiac health.