VIDEO: Councillor’s praise after heart attack
A councillor said he was “pleased to be alive” and offered heartfelt thanks to the medical team which saved his life after he had a heart attack.
Cllr Alan Quirk (Con, Broadfield South) was relaxing at home last Saturday lunchtime (December 29), when he felt a pain in his chest and decided to go for a lay down.
When his condition deteriorated, his wife Ann called for an ambulance.
Alan, 67, who does not smoke and only drinks in moderation, said: “I think, in my own mind, I knew what it was. But the pain was on the wrong side, it was on the right. I went for a lay down and then I got pins and needles down my arm and my wife called for an ambulance.”
The father-of-two had nothing but praise for the paramedics who arrived less than five minutes after being called – one car and then, shortly after, an ambulance.
He said: “I would love to thank them all because of the professional and tender way that they helped me. They did not make a big fuss, it was all very low key.”
Once at the hospital, Alan was whisked into surgery and was recovering on the ward by 3.30pm – just over three hours after he felt the first pain.
He said: “It was a heart attack. One of the veins had got bunged up and they put a balloon in it which opened it up.”
He spent three days at the hospital where he observed the hard work and dedication of the medical staff.
He said: “We throw bricks at the health service but when it comes to an emergency they are first class.
“When they were not dealing with me they were just as professional and friendly with the other patients.
“I was no one special but you felt like some one special when they were dealing with you.”
Alan, who serves on several Crawley Borough Council committees, acknowledged that he has started to “slow down” over the past week and added: “In the next couple of days I think it will sink in that I’ve had a heart attack and can’t climb mountains.”
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