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Ed Smith said his sudden heart attack has changed his life in positive ways

Ed Smith said his sudden heart attack has changed his life in positive ways

Ed Smith said his sudden heart attack has changed his life in positive ways

As doting dads go, Today FM's Ed Smith could certainly claim the title of world champion.

The hugely popular radio presenter's social media feed these days is all about the latest love in his world - his baby son, Micheál, who was born just a month ago.

It's a joyous turn in his life that 44-year-old Ed could never have imagined in September 2019 when he suffered a heart attack they call 'The Widow Maker'.

Ed had attended the Electric Picnic that day and was in his bedroom at a local hotel when he suddenly felt ill. He was rushed to St James's Hospital in Dublin where he had a procedure to insert two life-saving stents.

"If you said to me on September 2, 2019, 'Don't worry about it, not only are you going to survive this, but there's going to be another little you within two years,' I would have said, 'Go way outta that, you'll give me another heart attack!' But I'm just so glad it has worked out this way," Ed tells the Sunday World.

"I don't want to harp on about the heart attack, but it did turn my life around in a positive way. I got healthier and there was a lot of maturing, a lot of growing up and a bit of perspective on who I was and where I was going. And look at me now."

Ed, who grew up in Kilcorney, Co Cork, now lives in Castlebar with his Mayo partner Michelle. The couple have been six years together, having met through his radio show.

Michelle also bounced back from a brush with thyroid cancer several years ago. "She's been through it all and she's brilliant," Ed says. "Like myself, she's loving life now with Micheál. The minute they put him on her just after he was born you could see the love between the two of them, and she just had a big beautiful smile on her face."

Little Micheál was in no rush to enter this world and was born by caesarean section at Mayo University Hospital. "Michelle went in on a Monday morning at 6am and he didn't arrive until Wednesday evening," Ed reveals.

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Baby Micheàl

Baby Micheàl

Baby Micheàl

"They had to evict him in the end. He was going nowhere; he was perfectly comfortable where he was. They had to give him a nudge, but he came out perfect at 8lbs 6ozs.

"I suppose there were nerves about having a baby in the middle of a pandemic, but he's just been the best thing, a ray of positive sunshine. It's been great for my family and her family as well, something lovely to rally around."

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Ed, who presents Today FM shows, Ed's National Anthems and Ed's Songs Of Praise, spends some nights in Dublin when's he's working.

"When my show finishes on Thursday night I can't wait to get to Castlebar," he says. "I get there around 1am, Michelle has the bottle ready for me and then she goes asleep. I'll do the night feed, but I can't put him to bed then, of course, because I can't stop looking at him. I hold him and stare at him for ages.

"When I'm staying in Dublin I'm on FaceTime every morning to have a little chat with him. I'm on the phone to Michelle 10 or 15 times a day. It's ridiculous, I'm sure she's sick of me ringing. She's got two children to mind now, and I'm one of them."

Ed tells how this is his second chance at fatherhood, having become a dad for the first time after a college romance in his early 20s.

"I have a 21-year-old daughter Zoe, who is studying in Trinity and she's just absolutely delighted with Micheál as well," he says. "Zoe's mother, Aoife, is an astonishing woman. She has since married and we're still very good friends.

"When Zoe was born I was 22/23. I'm a lot more grown up and a bit more secure financially now. I've picked up a bit of wisdom in the meantime, so it's nice to be able to have another go at it."

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