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Thursday 14 November 2019

Hero garda Niamh pays collapsed runner a visit

Det Niamh Connaughton with Giancarlo Isacchi in hospital after she saved his life during Sunday’s marathon
Det Niamh Connaughton with Giancarlo Isacchi in hospital after she saved his life during Sunday’s marathon

A hero garda who saved a Dublin City Marathon runner's life was reunited with the grateful patient when she visited him in hospital yesterday.

Detective Niamh Connaughton was on duty near Chapelizod on Sunday when Giancarlo Isacchi collapsed of a suspected heart attack.

Trained in first aid and CPR, Det Connaughton immediately took control and, helped by a colleague, kept Mr Isacchi alive until members of Dublin Fire Brigade arrived at the scene.

They continued treatment until he was taken to the Mater Hospital.

Mr Isacchi is now on the road to recovery, and received a visit yesterday from the hero who helped him.

A marathon spokesperson said Mr Isacchi, believed to be in his early 60s, was expected to make a full recovery.

"The Dublin Marathon can confirm that a participant took ill on course of the KBC Dublin Marathon," she said.

"We can confirm that a garda was present and that the runner was attended to by the medical team immediately and taken to hospital by ambulance; he is expected to make a full recovery."

An Garda Siochana shared a picture of the reunited pair holding each other's hands on social media.

Lottery

Meanwhile, entries for next year's Dublin City Marathon will be decided on a lottery system instead of the traditional first-come, first-served online process.

"Many races that have more interested runners than they can accommodate have moved to a lottery registration system in recent years," said race director Jim Aughney.

"Demand for the Dublin Marathon has never been greater, and we believe the lottery is the fairest system to offer all runners the same opportunity to participate."

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