Next Wednesday is Restart a Heart Day aimed at raising awareness about the importance of first aid training in the hope of improving Kiwis' chances of surviving cardiac arrest. In light of the significant day, the Weekend Herald shares a story of hope.

Paul Hancock doesn't remember the night his heart stopped beating for 21 minutes but he knows he's alive thanks to his youngest son.

"I've been told I was dead for quite some time, that I had seven electric shocks to bring my heart back and that I'm extremely fortunate," Hancock told the Herald on Sunday from his

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