Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Cookley: Couple thank NHS for rapid response

08:00 18 February 2014

David Blackburn, who thanked the NHS after he recently suffered a heart attack.

David Blackburn, who thanked the NHS after he recently suffered a heart attack.

A man has thanked the NHS for saving his life after suffering a heart attack.

On Friday January 17 at about 12.15pm, David Blackburn, from Cookley, had just got back home from taking his dog for a two mile walk when he started to feel unwell.

His partner, Julia Aspin said: “He came back and said that he wasn’t feeling too bright and that his arms were heavy and tingling.”

Mrs Aspin said she then took Mr Blackburn to Boots the chemists to get his blood pressure checked, which was normal.

But when Mr Blackburn returned home he went pale and said that he wanted to vomit.

Mr Blackburn said: “There was very little warning.”

Within 10 minutes of Mrs Aspin calling 999, a rapid response car was called out, which immediately stabilised Mr Blackburn.

An ambulance arrived 15 minutes later and after assessing the urgency decided they could save at least half an hour if the air ambulance was available, which it was.

The air ambulance landed in the field opposite their home, and to get into the field they had to open a gate with bolt cutters.

Mrs Aspin said: “They were so organised.”

Within 35 minutes of the 999 call being made, Mr Blackburn was on his way to Norfolk and Norwich hospital.

By the time Mrs Aspin had arrived at the CCPI unit Mr Blackburn was back in the ward having already received angioplasty to clear a blocked artery.

Mr Blackburn said: “I was operated on within a minute of getting into the theatre.”

Mrs Aspin said: “He was met by six or eight people at the hospital.

“It was so fast.”

After spending the weekend in hospital, Mr Blackburn returned home on Monday January 20 and is now leading a normal life again.

Mrs Aspin said: “This amazing service brings tears to my eyes very time I think about it.

“It was just amazing. Thank-you.

Basically the speed at which they worked saved his life.”

Mr Blackburn said: “I built a timber shed last week.

“Without them I wouldn’t be here.”

0 comments

Missing woman Abigail Whitehouse

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing a 25-year-old woman from Felixstowe.

Hardy souls: Stamina sapping challenges during the Big Bro Race at Barrow on Sunday in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The bike ride, run and obstacle course triathlon was a brand new timed event raising valuable funds for Breast Cancer NOW.

Ninety people from all over the country travelled to Barrow for the inaugural Big BRO Race, raising more than £4,000 for Breast Cancer Now.

The Cheeky Monkeys perform at Ipswich Has Talent

A bonanza of talent burst onto the stage at the Regent Theatre last night at the Ipswich Has Got Talent ‘champions of champions’ competition.

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Sanpe maltings on Saturday 23/9/2016

A festival showcasing the best of Suffolk produce enjoyed bumper crowds this weekend.

Police and the Bomb Disposal Unit at an incident. Library image.

A cordon was put in place in Church Lane, Dalham, after a suspicious package was found in a car.

Bedroom fire in Kirby-Le-Soken

Firefighters from Frinton tackled a house blaze last night in Kirby-le-Soken.

Philip Roberts as Thomas Seymour, at Sudeley Castle this month, with Katherine Parr, played by Rachel McNeil

This palace was more ‘bling’ than Versailles. So why don’t we all know about it?

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24