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Friends of runner who collapsed in Dublin half marathon appeal for help with his medical bills

Dave Phillips was saved by a combination of Dublin Fire Brigade and Civil Defence workers and other runners.

TWO WEEKS AGO, Dave Philips set out to run the Clontarf half-marathon.

However, having conquered the 13-mile course, he collapsed at the finish line. Going into ventricular fibrillation, Dave was rescued by a combination of Dublin Fire Brigade and Civil Defence workers and other runners.

There was even a discussion about it, which Dave weighed in on, in the comments on this website:


While he is lucky to be alive, he had to undergo open heart surgery earlier.

In response to what will be lengthy stay in hospital, his sister Karen has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money help.

She describes her brother as a man with “a big, compassionate heart”.

“As Dave is self-employed, we know it will be stressful to keep things balanced in the coming months and we want to take away that worry as much as we can.

We want him to be fit and healthy and able to resume his training in counseling and psychotherapy come October.

“Money raised here will go to covering Dave’s ongoing medical expenses and allow him to take the time needed to rehabilitate and recover.”

Read: Man hospitalised after collapsing during Dublin half marathon

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