Trevor Whitby from Wisbech thanks Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and medics who saved him after cardiac arrest
PUBLISHED: 16:14 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 12 April 2017
A man who had to be brought back from death 16 times after suffering an heart attack has thanked the medics and hospital which cared for him.
Retired forklift driver Trevor Whitby had to be resuscitated 16 times in his Wisbech bedroom as paramedics tried to stablise him following the cardiac arrest last April. His wife Sarah called 999 after he went pale and clammy. As paramedics were assessing him, he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.
Medics Daniel Hansen, Matt Webb, Dave Lang, Kyle Everett and Martyn Harrell managed to resuscitate him and rushed him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
He was stabilised before being successfully treated for a blocked coronary artery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The 70-year-old cannot remember a three-month period of his life but says he will always be grateful to everyone who cared for him.
“It is very emotional,” he said. “I cannot express what I feel for them. I can not thank them enough for not giving up on me.”
Mrs Whitby believes that his grandsons Oliver and Samuel gave Mr Whitby the determination to return to full health.
Mrs Whitby said: “We had placed a photograph of Oliver and Samuel at bottom of his bed. I think that photograph kept him going. The care he received was unbelievable. They never gave up.”
Her husband is now enjoying spending time with his grandsons along with caring for his garden.
The family have returned to the QEH, along with daughters Claire and Lucy, to present cheques for a total of £350.
Mr Whitby added: “It is emotional to be back here as I don’t remember it. I was determined to get back to full health.”
He was discharged from hospital on his 70th birthday, which was celebrated with a barbecue.
During the celebrations, the family raised £700 for both the QEH and the East of England Ambulance Service. Mr Whitby presented a cheque to the ambulance service at emotional reunion in November.
At the QEH, the family presented a cheque for £350 to Sister Denise Reid.
Daughter Claire added: “Dad would not be here without the unit. They looked after Dad so well.”