Beau Ryan has recalled a time when he almost lost his mother one year ago at her Wollongong home in Sydney’s south.
In a touching post shared on Instagram, the former NRL star said had it not been for his quick-thinking sister Carly and father Kym, his mum Robyn would not be here today.
“1 year ago today my mum died in her sleep. My Dad immediately began CPR and my sister Carly used a defibrillator to bring her back to life,” he captioned a photo of Robyn taken from her hospital back in January 2021. “[Carly] is a trained first responder and without her knowledge and my Dad doing CPR my mum was gone.”
“The trauma alone has caused so much grief in our family but we still have her,” Beau added of his mum, who had no pre-existing medical problems. “I love my mum more than I can explain.”
Ryan, who used to play for the Cronulla Sharks and West Tigers, said his sister has now set up Carly’s Helping Hearts, a free program that runs awareness sessions to learn the basics of CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use — and he urges fans to sign up.
“I’m urging people to get the education and if you can to have a de fib on standby,” Ryan continued in his post. “It’s saved my mums life and for those who know me, my mum is my everything.”
Carly, a regional manager at the Royal Life Saving Society, previously told 9News she was thankful she kept a spare defibrillator in her car at the time.
“I ran down to the car — I felt like I was running on air — and got the defib,” she told 9News in February 2021. “We were all acting on instinct and adrenaline.”
“I’m fortunate enough to still have my mum,” she added. “And my dad has his wife. My brother has his mum, the kids have still got their grandma. [We are] so lucky.”
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