Former Scarlet Morgan MacRae tells his inspirational story

Rob LloydAcademy News, News

Morgan MacRae is a Brave Mind ambassador who was a member of the Scarlets Academy and represented Wales 7s.

A dynamic hooker, he is currently part of the Henley Hawks squad playing in National 2 in England and has a dream – to play professional rugby, again.

On August 13, 2023, Morgan suffered a cardiac arrest while asleep, he was clinically dead for 17 minutes. His girlfriend Kitty, luckily trained in CPR, and the ambulance crew, performed CPR for a combined 17 minutes to save his life. 

After two days in an induced coma and three weeks in hospital, Morgan was fitted with an S-ICD (an internal defibrillator). Having initially been told he could never play rugby again a leading consultant gave him hope it would be possible. 

Morgan returned to training in late September and spent six months getting himself in a position to play again. Miraculously, Morgan was able to make his comeback on March 9 this year when Henley played Canterbury. 

Morgan is understood to be the first rugby player to play at this level with an S-ICD. He and his girlfriend Kitty continue to educate and campaign for more awareness and training around CPR. 

Morgan has had a film crew (LDR Media) with him for the past few months to document his return to play and the emotional and physical challenges that go with that.

 To find out more about Morgan’s story please click HERE and follow @_bravemind and @mysicdandme on Instagram.

The Welsh Rugby Union have worked with the Calon Hearts charity to ensure life-saving defibrillators are installed at every rugby club in Wales.

You can read about Calon Hearts HERE