Darren Lehmann is “one of the lucky ones”.
He survived a heart assault within the early hours of his 50th birthday, simply two years in the past.
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Till that day in February of 2020, Lehmann would smoke 20-25 cigarettes per day.
He did so for 30 years, proper all through his Take a look at enjoying and training profession.
The day he turned 50, all of it caught up with him.
“I woke up on my 50th birthday had tight chest and couldn’t breathe,” he instructed Sunrise.
“I thought, the first thing I’ll do – it was about 4.30 in the morning on my 50th birthday – I’ll have a cigarette.
“Didn’t want one of those, went straight to hospital, and then all of a sudden changed and had triple bypass (surgery).
“Life changed on that day for me, but all for the better.
“I was one of the lucky ones.”
The tightness in his chest and breath scarcity was a fully-fledged heart assault, and he’s fortunate to be right here to inform the story.
Fortunately, his triple bypass surgical procedure saved his life.
Tragically, Lehmann’s nice good friend and former teammate, the late Shane Warne wasn’t so fortunate after he suffered a sudden heart assault in Thailand earlier this yr.
Nor was fellow Australian cricket nice, Rod Marsh, who additionally died of a heart assault.
The 2 tragic passings got here whereas the Australian cricket neighborhood was nonetheless grieving the lack of Dean Jones, who handed away from a stroke in 2020.
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Lehmann’s mentor, David Hookes, was additionally killed in 2004 when he was punched by a bouncer and suffered a cardiac arrest.
Lehmann is benefiting from his second probability at life, having give up the smokes, and is an envoy for the Australian Heart Basis.
Now, with the assistance of the Federal Authorities’s Grassroots Cricket Fund, Lehmann is spruiking the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation’s initiative – in partnership with Cricket Australia – to have a defibrillator at each cricket membership within the nation.
“It’s a great initiative from the ACA, the players especially, giving back to community clubs, Greg Page from Heart of the Nation – they’ve been fantastic in getting through all these little machines that obviously can save lives,” Lehmann mentioned on Sunrise.
Lehmann’s robust message to all Australians – not simply middle-aged males – was to put their health first.
“Go to your GP if you’ve got any signs at all, get checked out through the heart specialist, and these machines are obviously last resort, but that helped someone like Greg Page; saved his life,” he mentioned.
“And they’re really easy to use; anyone can use them. You just press the button, follow the prompt, and away you go.
“It’s important that we have a lot of people survive.”
Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr harassed the purpose that it was not simply “old blokes” who suffered from heart issues, recounting a scary story from her local people.
“The thing about this is that it’s not (only) the stereotypical old blokes who have heart attacks,” she mentioned.
“We’ve got a family friend that had a teenage kid who only survived having a heart attack on a field because someone went to the adjoining field, found a defib, and saved his life.
“That is the message that I guess you want to get out too.”
Lehmann utterly agreed and reiterated the message.
“It can happen to anyone at any time,” he mentioned.
“With the grassroots cricket fund and community fund here, these (AEDs) are made available, and if you can get to them between three and five minutes, you can save 70 per cent of people. It’s a valuable tool.”
In March, whereas talking to Triple M Adelaide, Lehmann relived a few of his favorite recollections of Warne.
“Just meeting the guy for the first time, driving in his white Cortina up when we were playing for Victoria and having a bunger with him and a can of coke, and thinking ‘this guy’s gotta be pretty cool’,” he mentioned.
“He’s so loyal as a person, obviously his cricketing exploits are second to none, we had so many good times, he was a card genius … we had so many games of 500 after a day’s play with myself, Ricky Ponting, Steve Bernard.
“They’re the fond memories.”
He additionally remembered Marsh as “an absolute legend”.
“A mentor for me, a really great confidante, I loved him dearly. He gave me great advice on and off the cricket field,” Lehmann mentioned on Triple M.
“You know, we had our blues, as you do with everyone. But Rod, he was just a great guidance for everyone.”
You will discover the hyperlink to the Grassroots Cricket Fund at https://grassrootscricketfund.com.au.