My Mom Had to Perform CPR on Me | Heart Warrior Derrick Purdy

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Derrick Purdy had a cardiac arrest at the age of 17 while playing basketball. His mom, who was watching the basketball game, rushed toward him to perform CPR. Luckily for him, a retired paramedic was also at the basketball game and immediately went to get the AED.

Timestamps of this episode:

  • Intro 00:00 - 02:33
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project 02:34 - 04:42
  • Derrick’s story: his cardiac arrest and survival 04:43 - 07:22
  • The cause of his cardiac arrest 07:22 - 07:46
  • Derrick’s struggles as a high-school senior after surviving an SCA 07:47 - 10:11
  • How Derrick is doing today 10:12 - 11:10
  • What changed after Derrick’s SCA: Basketball and the unexpected perks of beta blockers 11:11 - 12:46
  • Derrick’s relationship with basketball: then and now 12:47 - 13:37
  • How is life different with an ICD? 13:38 - 17:46
  • Side or front facing ICDs: what’s the difference? 17:47 - 18:39
  • The reaction of Derrick’s long-term girlfriend 18:40 - 20:23
  • The possible advantage of short-term memory loss after an SCA 20:24 - 21:21
  • The emotional effects of Derrick’s SCA on his loved ones and suffering a cardiac arrest on a livestream 21:22 - 24:04
  • Derrick’s relationship with his mom today and dealing with the aftermath as a family 24:05 - 27:29
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project: Merch 27:30 - 29:02
  • Derrick’s motivation to study Medicine 29:03 - 30:14
  • Reconstructing the events of your own SCA 30:15 - 31:03
  • Derrick’s 3rd rebirthday: thanking the paramedic who saved him 31:04 - 34:35
  • The immense importance of AEDs 34:36 - 35:39
  • Derrick’s positive experience with his cardiologist: don’t believe everything you read online 35:40 - 38:28
  • How to overcome bad days 38:29 - 40:01
  • Dealing with unsolicited advice as a young SCA survivor 40:02 - 44:28
  • Living with not knowing cause of the SCA 44:29 - 48:27
  • Last piece of advice from Derrick to other survivors 48:28 - 52:03
  • Outro 52:04 - 53:51

Note that The Heart Warrior Project is run by one guy, which is yes, me (Jellis Vaes). 

In between work, studies at university, and just life, I try to squeeze in some time almost every day to work on this project. This project takes a lot of work, as I genuinely want to deliver high-quality and helpful content for survivors here. 

And I do it with a lot of love every day. 

However, help is always appreciated. If you have found any insights, lessons, or support from this or any other episode, and you’d like to support the project, we have a couple of ways to do so.

We offer some awesome-looking merch, such as T-shirts, hoodies, and mugs, with different designs that I personally love wearing/using myself. 

If the t-shirt, hoodie, or mug doesn’t speak to you, there are a few other ways to support The Heart Warrior Project:

  • DONATIONS: The project accepts donations. Anything, even as little as 1 dollar, can help me keep this project alive.
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Choosing any of these ways to support this project will truly help me a lot in putting out more content and building The Heart Warrior Project further.

Many thanks, 


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    Hey! Jellis here, founder of The Heart Warrior Project. 

    If I may ask for one moment of your time: I am one guy who runs this project along with my full-time job and my studies. I absolutely love working on this project, and I have no intention of stopping. However, if you are a fellow cardiac arrest survivor and you feel you have been helped in some way by this project, please consider supporting The Heart Warrior Project by buying either the awesome and inspiring Heart Warrior t-shirt or mug. A donation is, of course, always possible too. 🙂

    You’ll not only look great, but you’ll also be helping this project to continue to survive and with that, help other fellow survivors find support.

    With thanks,