Heart attack gives Bunny a new lease of life

PUBLISHED: 07:23 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

A FREE-SPIRITED great-grandmother has embraced the worlds of motorbikes, body art and water sports after making a vow to live life to its fullest. Seventy-year-old Eirlys Rymell says she feels like she has gained a new lease of life since she recovered fr

A FREE-SPIRITED great-grandmother has embraced the worlds of motorbikes, body art and water sports after making a vow to live life to its fullest.Seventy-year-old Eirlys Rymell says she feels like she has gained a new lease of life since she recovered from a severe heart attack two years ago.Eirlys, known to her friends as 'Bunny', hopped on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike at the town's seafront Cider Rally earlier this month and went for a hair-raising spin with one of the 1,000 visiting Harley enthusiasts.Earlier this year, Bunny, who has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, had a snowdrop tattooed on her arm as a permanent reminder of her new carefree lifestyle.Bunny, of Bristol Road Lower, Weston, said: "When the Harley Davidson people came the other weekend I was dying to have a go on one of the bikes. I've always wanted to ride on one."One of the riders from Bridgwater offered me a go and I said I'd love to."We went along the seafront and to the hospital and he asked me if he was going too fast. I told him I didn't think we were moving, so he put his foot down. It was brilliant."My grandson came to the rally with me and told me I was the coolest nan ever, which was nice."Weston General Hospital saved my life a couple of years ago. I couldn't have asked for better treatment, and when I came out of there I said to myself 'Bunny you've got to start living a little'."After I had recovered I went on holiday to Lanzarote and we went on a catamaran boat. It stopped and we were asked if we wanted to do some jet skiing."I was first in the queue and I absolutely loved it. Nobody else wanted to do it. "When I got home I thought it would be nice to have a tattoo and I decided to go for a snowdrop because my name's Welsh and in English it means 'snowdrop'."I suppose it was quite daring but it wasn't that bad.

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