Councillor has heart attack on holiday
Last updated at 10:40, Thursday, 19 September 2013
A COPELAND councillor is recovering after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Canada.
Paul Whalley, who represents the Mirehouse ward in Whitehaven, was enjoying an evening meal when he suffered cardiac arrest on August 25 and underwent lifesaving treatment in hospital.
He is now back home in Whitehaven and extends his thanks to all those have helped in his ongoing recovery.
“I have experienced one of the most humbling events of my life,” said Coun Whalley, 62.
“That I am here today is thanks to teams of doctors at St Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto, who did everything possible to give me back my life.
“In what were the most traumatic times of my life I have, in these dedicated doctors and nurses, made friends for life. No matter what I do I will never be able to thank or repay the kindness and generosity they have shown to me.”
Coun Whalley has also thanked his friends and family, as well as his colleagues at Morrisons in Whitehaven and Copeland Council, for their support and messages of goodwill.
“I now realise that if life is to mean a damn in this world then how we treat others has to be top of the list,” he said.
“I really want to believe that if anyone were to find themselves in my position while visiting the UK, they would be able to receive the same outstanding medical care that I received in Canada.”
First published at 10:35, Thursday, 19 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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It's a bloody good job he wasn't near West Cumberland Hospital at the time isn't it!
Hope he makes a speedy recovery, best of luck!