A woman has named her puppy after the NHS trust which provided life-saving care for a blockage in her artery which left her in a coma for four days.

Beth Mullan-Feroze fell ill in October of last year while training for the Florence Marathon.

The 31-year-old, who lives near Whipps Cross hospital, messaged her fiancé Pete when she was home alone, saying she could not breathe properly.

When she did not respond to his messages, he called the emergency services. Beth lost consciousness in the ambulance on the way to Whipps Cross, run by Barts Health NHS Trust.

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Beth says running is her 'biggest passion'.

“I had no idea what-so-ever I was that unwell, and I didn’t take it seriously what so ever. It was my fiancé who ended up making the decision to call the ambulance, I was being stubborn. I owe a lot to him”, Beth said.

She was transferred to The Royal London Hospital for emergency surgery on blood clots in her lung and then, as her heart was failing, she went to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for ongoing care at the specialist heart centre – both also run by Barts.

Beth’s parents were told to come back from holiday in France as doctors were not sure she would make it.

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Beth's fiancé called the ambulance after she stopped responding to his messages

She woke up in hospital four days later having been in a coma and was told she had come close to dying from a pulmonary embolism.

Her consultant told her if her heart had not been so strong from running – her biggest passion – she would not have survived.

Two days after her release from hospital, Beth and Pete got their new puppy.

“We knew we were going to name him in honour of the trust in some way but it wasn’t until we were driving home that we thought it should be Bart – it just seemed to fit”, she explained.

“He’s been a great recovery pal.”

Bart is now  five months old and a constant companion on Beth's road to recovery.

Beth says she is very grateful to staff throughout Barts Health NHS Trust for their care and compassion and wants to repay the trust by raising money through a Barts Charity run when she gets the all clear from her consultant

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