Marloes’ (31) mother died of a heart attack: ‘Foam came out of her mouth’


De Hartstocht is an event of the Hartstichting that raises money for life-saving heart research. Something that Marloes likes to commit to. “Actually I wanted to participate last year, because it was ten years after my mother’s death. Unfortunately I was just too late to register. That’s why I have to participate this year.”

Murmured from the room

The death of Marloes’ mother was very unexpected. “One day my mother woke up with a pain in her arm. Because she did not trust it, she made an appointment with the doctor. She was able to go back that same day. She then went back to bed, she does that often. We do that. were going to go into town together that day, so I waited for her to wake up so we could leave. “

Not much later, Marloes heard a murmur from the next room. Nothing strange, she thought at first. She often acted crazy with her mother and assumed that this was the case now. “I shouted, ‘Mom, act normal for a moment, wanting your attention is fine, but behave a little.’ We used to play like this more often. When she didn’t respond I went to have a look. I immediately felt that it was wrong. “

After she opened the curtains, her mother’s condition soon became apparent. “Foam came out of her mouth and her eyes were half open, but she didn’t respond to anything. I felt her heartbeat: it wasn’t there. I didn’t know what to do and ran to my neighbor in a panic, but she wasn’t home. Then I called 112. “

Everything was too late

Within minutes the ambulance arrived. “I felt it took hours. Once the ambulance arrived, it went very quickly. What exactly happened is still a vague memory. Only later, when the ambulance staff told me that my mother had died, did everything slowly dawn on me. by.”

The paramedics made another resuscitation attempt, but to no avail. “Everything they still did was actually too late. The blow to her heart was so hard. Even if she survived, she was brain dead. A greenhouse plant.”

In the period that followed, Marloes could hardly comprehend what had happened. “I struggled with it for a long time. Felt an awful lot of grief and felt that I couldn’t be myself. I was closed, bottled everything up. That grief is really indescribable, I can’t put it into words. You don’t wish it on anyone.”

Time heals

Marloes is now doing well. “After 11 years I have been able to give it a place. A lot of sports has helped me to find peace in myself. If it is not possible once? Then I let myself go. Crying is not wrong, but it is not necessary every day. Flat After I passed away I could cry about every single thing every day. Now I know it will all be alright. Time heals. “

Marloes’ motto is therefore: “Dream your life, live your dream. You only have one, so go for it. In everything I do now, I think:” Take your chance, do it. ” Because it can only suddenly be over. ” She also wants to point out to others that supporting a good cause is of great value. “You have to experience it before you see what something like that does to you. But I don’t want anyone to do this, so I hope that more research can reduce these kinds of situations.”

On October 3, Marloes will join De Hartstocht of the Heart Foundation. “In order to raise awareness for heart disease and as a tribute to my mother. Little is known among women about heart problems and I think more research should be done. More AEDs in the Netherlands, Europe, all over the world, so that more people get the help can get what they need. “

During De Hartstocht you can choose to walk 5, 11, 20, 40 or 60 kilometers. Marloes: “60 kilometers a lot? Yes, I know, but of course it must be a challenge. In the beginning I thought: ‘Where am I starting ?!’ Now I think: ‘bring it on, I can do this’. “

Do you want to support Marloes by donating a sponsor amount? Which can here. It is also still possible to participate yourself. Register can be done until September 30 at noon.

De Hartstocht is the alternative to the annual 11 beaches tour, which cannot take place this year due to corona. Walk a personal walking tour from your front door or a place of your choice, with guidance from experts and a full-day program led by experience experts and music.

An interactive event that brings the participants together in a time when physical togetherness is not possible. Healthy Fest also organizes ‘Hartstocht Radio’: a 12-hour radio broadcast that can be listened to via the app while walking. With fun DJs, great music, Healthy Fest motivators and Hartstichting experts, who accompany and motivate you during your walk.

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