'Thank you for bringing me back from the dead," says Milton Keynes mum

Kelley Evans and Ava
Kelley Evans and Ava

A city mum is taking on the London to Brighton Challenge 100 kilometre challenge to raise funds for the ambulance charity that saved the life of her and her unborn baby daughter.

Kelley Evans was 23 weeks pregnant when her heart stopped and she suffered a cardiac arrest at her Great Holm home last summer.

She ‘died’ for four minutes and it was the heroic efforts of a paramedic called Stephanie that brought her back to life.

Unbeknown to Kelley she had a rare heart defect. This was treated and she later gave birth to healthy baby girl.

She named her Ava Jean “Stephanie” Margaret Evans- in honour of the lady she owes her life to.

Now, a self confessed “ball of wobbly bits’, Kelley is training for the 100 km challenge.

“Frankly the thought of it terrifies me ,” she said. " I have NEVER done anything like this before. Frankly the thought of it terrifies me and that’s why it’s important that I do it. Those who know me well will realise that this is not my bag. I’ve never been one to jog or walk for fitness."

Kelley added: "This is certainly not going to be an easy challenge but I ask you to help me by sponsoring anything you can spare so I can thank SCAS and Stephanie for being amazing!

We are so lucky to be here and as soon as she is old enough to understand, my daughter will hear all about what happened to us both and who we owe our lives to - then perhaps she can say thank you herself." Make a donation to Kelley's cause on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelley-evans1