Pensioner Errol Ghany at his home yesterday.

Otto Carrington

Errol Ghany no longer has to be afraid of falling asleep fearful that his heart will stop beating.

This after he was seen by the executive members of Heart Beat International Trinidad and Tobago.

Five years ago, Ghany, a pensioner, was diagnosed with heart disease resulting in only 25 per cent of his heart being functional.

In an interview with Guardian Media on Tuesday, he said he needed to raise funds for an implant called implantable cardioverter-defibrillator which costs over $100,000.

He raised just over $20,000 through a local crowd-funding platform.

Heartbeat International is the only global non-profit charity providing free access to pacemaker therapy for disadvantaged women, children and men worldwide.

The organisation operates in 12 countries and Trinidad and Tobago is the leading implant centre and most active.

In the past ten years, the local arm has donated over 1,000 devices.

Local chairman Francis Ottley told Guardian Media Ghany may not need to spend money.

“Right now we should be able to do him or accommodate him with the implant after he comes on Friday. I feel reasonably in two weeks time and we will certainly give him a priority to be able to get a new lease on life,” Ottley said.

The organisation provides administrative screening, scheduling and coordination of surgical implants, as well as pre-implant medical advice.

While Heart Beat International services to patients are free of costs, the same services offered by private institutions for the purchase and implantation of cardiac implantable electrical devices inclusive of hospital stays, may range from $45,000 for simple single-chamber pacemakers to around $500,000 for biventricular devices.

Ottley said with the support of the North Central Health Authority, they will assist Ghany. He said people at times do not see the hard work and devotion many of local team members put in on daily basis to save lives.

“I called Mr Ghany and I told him about our willingness to assist him in his plight and that we would follow up with a call from our consultant who took over from the person he saw at first and he called him and offered him to come in because we need to do a medical evaluation”, Ottley said.

“When he comes we will recommend which device he will need from our assessment from our experts”.

Ghany told Guardian Media he was elated that in less than a week he received a life-changing procedure that will give him a new lease on life.