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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Diagnosis ends 20 years of pain

A FRIZINGTON man has expressed his “eternal gratitude” to the medical staff whose treatment has turned his life around.

Just the tonic: Brian Baxter from Winder Brow is delighted with his treatment The Cumberland Infirmary

Brian Baxter says the pain he had been living with for over 20 years has been dramatically reduced since his “exemplary” treatment last month at the Cumberland Infirmary and its adjoining Heart Centre at Carlisle.

“The attitude and care given by the staff was absolutely superb,” said Brian, who returned to the ward on Tuesday to thank the staff in person with a big box of chocolates.

“I could only dream of feeling this well. I am over the moon with the treatment I received.”

Mr Baxter has suffered health problems since he broke his neck in an accident, in his hometown of Westhoughton, near Oldham, in 1992.

He subsequently suffered chest pain – and severe pins and needles in one hand – and attended pain clinics at Oldham, and since he moved to West Cumbria 12 years ago, at the West Cumberland Hospital.

“I was diagnosed with angina which they put down to neck problems caused by the accident,” he said.

“I have lived with pain – and pins and needles in one hand – every day for 20 years. I had no feeling whatsoever in one hand; I could hold a dish right out of the oven and not feel it – although I wouldn’t recommend it!”

Brian’s health took a turn for the worse on the day of his marriage – to Olive – on November 2 last year.

“We got married in Whitehaven Registry Office and were having a lovely reception in Caspian Classic, when I collapsed and was taken to the West Cumberland for tests.

“I ended up going for an appointment at the Cumberland Infirmary where they ran every test there is and found blocked arteries – and if they hadn’t been found then I could have died.

“It turned out I had been misdiagnosed all along, and after they treated me, the chest pain was massively reduced and the pins and needles were gone.

“I can’t thank the hospital staff enough. They have given me my life back.”

Have your say

I also have been treated by the nurses and doctors at the West Cumberland Hospital for more than ten years and I think they are as good as you will get. I have MS and I have never had a problem with any of them. Nothing is any trouble to them and they just get on with their job. I have read a few derogatory comments in the past but they must be from people who have nothing else to moan about. At least if they are complaining about one nurse or doctor, they're leaving the rest alone.

Posted by oogivesatoss on 13 January 2014 at 19:55

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