A heart operation survivor – who officially ‘died’ for 10 seconds – has challenged herself to complete a staggering 16 endurance events in 2016.
Chantilly (Tilly) Milverton, 20, took part in her first 8k obstacle run in Newark on Saturday – and will mark her second with the Sleaford half marathon this weekend.
Aged just 15, Tilly was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation which causes an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate of more than 140 beats a minute.
This left her at risk of a stroke or cardiac arrest. Aged 16 she had an operation to correct this at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester – and it was on the operating table where she flat-lined for 10 seconds.
Despite still suffering with what she calls ‘a dodgy ticker’, Tilly is confident at taking on the 16 challenges to raise money for a charity that helped her.
“I know my own limits and how far I can push my heart,” she said. “I will wear my heart monitor, and providing I do that and keep my hydration levels up, I’ll be fine.”
She added: “I just hope I can raise awareness of the condition and inspire others out there who have become sedentary not to give up.”
The challenges will also include a cycle event in memory of her cousin, Greg Mustill, who passed away this year, 14 years after a heart transplant.
The brave Frampton Fen laboratory assistant is set to have further surgery in March to fit a device which will monitor her heart for the next three years.
She has named her challenge ‘16/16 The Girl With The Dodgy Ticker’ and is looking for donations towards the charity Keep The Beat – which supports families affected by congenital heart defects. Money will also go towards the Pilgrim Heart and Lung Fund.
“Acorn Taxis in Boston are sponsoring the whole thing – which I’m so grateful for,” she said. “Taking part in so many events is very costly with entry fees up to £50, plus travel expenses, T-shirts.”
Tilly took part in her first triathlon in Spalding last summer.
l To sponsor Tilly visit www.justgiving.com/Chantil ly-Milverton/