Tarik Abdel Hady
Tesco employee, Tarik Abdel-hady, 33, completed our 40th London to Brighton Bike Ride just nine months after open heart surgery. Tarik has signed up once again to complete the 54-mile challenge and to help raise funds for our life saving research.
In July 2014 Tarik required surgery to fix his mitral valve after his heart enlarged. Having had a heart murmur for seven years, Tarik never thought it would escalate until, during a routine check-up, doctors told him he would need surgery. His wife was five months pregnant at the time and as Tarik prepared for the operation he worried what it would mean for his family. Fortunately Tarik made a full recovery.
Few months later, when his employer, Tesco, announced its partnership with us, Tarik decided this was his opportunity to give something back to the nation’s heart charity and he wasn’t going to let his surgery stop him.
Cycling to give back
Tarik is joining Team Tesco once again to cycle London to Brighton for the second time.
Tarik explains: “I was only 24 when doctors discovered I had a heart murmur. I was never really worried at that point. I just had to go for check-ups and make sure everything was in working order, it became a bit of a box ticking process. I never thought anything more would happen.
My wife was five months pregnant at the time and my first thought was, imagine if I don’t meet my baby. It might sound dramatic but at the time I was in shock and an operation on your heart is a big deal.
“I had been getting checked over for years, so when they told me my heart had enlarged and they were going to have to take me in for an operation I was really shocked. My check-up had been in April and I had to go in for surgery on 7th July.
“My wife was five months pregnant at the time and my first thought was, imagine if I don’t meet my baby. It might sound dramatic but at the time I was in shock and an operation on your heart is a big deal. Fortunately the operation was a success and as soon as I came round I knew I wanted to give something back to the BHF. It was thanks to their research that procedure was so straight forward and I wanted to do something to ensure other people would have the same experience.
“I have been working with Tesco for 10 years and when they announced the cycling partnership with the BHF I knew this was the perfect opportunity. I used to cycle a lot but once I was diagnosed I had been too scared to get on bike. Taking part in this event last year was a real challenge but an incredible experience. The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and I can’t wait to get involved again this year!”
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