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RTÉ presenter Michael Lyster saved by wife's kiss of life after major cardiac arrest

It’s the second time in three years the 61-year-old has had a health scare.

Lyster had just returned home from a game of golf when he collapsed.
Lyster had just returned home from a game of golf when he collapsed.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

MICHAEL LYSTER HAS spoken about how his wife saved his life after he suffered a major cardiac arrest at his home last week.

The RTÉ presenter collapsed last week at his South Dublin home and after his heart stopped beating, his wife, Anne, performed CPR to keep her husband alive as they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Speaking to The Sunday Independent as he continued his recovery in hospital, Lyster revealed he had just returned from a game of golf and can’t remember the events leading up to his collapse.

“I remember walking towards the front door and opening it and that is all,” he recalled.

“If it wasn’t for a set of circumstances I would not be here today. I would have been gone. I would have kicked the bucket.

“But instead I am alive.”

The 61-year-old had a major health scare in 2012 and was diagnosed with chronic heart failure.

Lyster, who has been at been in the hot seat of The Sunday Game for more than three decades, admits he is very lucky to be still alive, owing to the quick-thinking of his wife.

“Ann has had first aid training so she started doing CPR on me and was talking to the guys in the ambulance as they made their way to us.

“She just went into action. Vincent [Hogan] called the ambulance and the crew talked them through what to do. Anne has had first aid training, as have I said that was the key to it.”

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