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Welling daughter gets on her bike in memory of beloved father who died in New York

PUBLISHED: 09:06 10 May 2017

Annamika Palica, 28, was left devastated after her dad’s heart stopped beating on New York’s Fifth Avenue

Annamika Palica, 28, was left devastated after her dad’s heart stopped beating on New York’s Fifth Avenue

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Annamika Palicha is raising money for the British Heart Foundation

Annamika Palica, 28, was left devastated after her dad’s heart stopped beating on New York’s Fifth AvenueAnnamika Palica, 28, was left devastated after her dad’s heart stopped beating on New York’s Fifth Avenue

A daughter who spent a month at her father’s bedside after he suffered a heart attack on the streets of New York is raising money for charity.

Prakash Palicha was due to return home to his family four years ago but on March 28 2013, the day before he was due to fly home, he collapsed on Fifth Avenue in the city.

“He had been working abroad abroad as global director for a technology firm for around eight years, so we were looking forward to having him back home for good,” explained Welling’s Annamika Palicha.

“But a day before he was due to fly back, I received a phone call from my mum to say my dad was in hospital.

“Although it was Good Friday, we somehow managed to get a flight to be with him, which was incredibly surreal. Most people are happy and relaxed when they are heading to exotic destinations for their Easter holidays. We were in complete shock, not knowing the state my dad would be in when we arrived.”

Ms Palicha’s 49-year-old father had been put into an induced coma, and together with her family, the 28-year-old spent the coming weeks by his side, waiting for a recovery.

“We spent a month at his bedside hoping and praying he could wake up,” she added, “however we were told the brain damage caused by the cardiac arrest was permanent.

“We made the difficult decision to turn his life support machine off, and he passed away on April 23.”

“I managed to see the CCTV footage of my dad when he collapsed. One minute he was fine the next he was on the floor. The hardest bit was the fact that so many people around were unsure of how to administer CPR properly. It’s made me realise how important it is to know how to resuscitate someone in the ultimate medical emergency.”

Now the mother-of-one is taking on an adrenaline-fuelled bike ride for the British Heart Foundation, to help fund life saving research and, as she puts it, “stop this tragedy from happening to someone else”.

Ms Palicha will take on the Prudential Ride London to Surrey bike ride, taking her on a 46-mile course through the London Olympic 2012 cycle route, and the Surrey countryside.

To donate to the fundraising cyclist, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anna-Palicha.

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