June 26th 1994 my 62 birthday and there I was in Kings College Hospital waiting to have a triple bypass and new artifitial AORTA valve .
The sister said I would be home in seven days.
The operation went off fine , when I woke up , NO PAIN , it didnt even feel as if I had anything done .
After a few days I got feverish and to cut a long story short I had SEPTICEMIA ,I ended up In hospital nine weeks .They wanted to do the operation again but I felt worn out and said I wanted to go home (just to see it )I was told by my surgeon that the new valve was being attacked by "BUGS" and was leaking and would have to be replaced .
After a few weeks at home I got worse ,had trouble breathing ,I went from 13 stone down to 8 stone .
In November I was rushed back to Kings from my home in Brighton ,They detoxed me ,(GOT RID OF THE WARFARIN ) and told My family there was'nt much hope
Mr Forsyth my surgeon performed the operation and next morning I was sitting up in bed a miricle .
Then Mr Forsyth came round and said that it had been impossible to put another artifitial valve in because of the scar tissue ,mine had been replaced by a DONER valve , a young man of 35 killed in a car crash had left body parts to be used .HIS GREATEST GIFT .
I admit I broke down and cried , and I still do , someone I did'nt know had saved my life , a unselfish person that had his life in front of him but still had time to think of others .I still feel very humble .Up to now he has given me 13 exta years.
Anyone that is going in for open heart surgery, dont be frightened ,it does'nt hurt and within a few weeks you be back to your old self.
Please remember ,BE NICE to those wonderful nurses ,theirs is not a job its a dedication .Always keep in touch with your surgeon ,they appreciate it too . Good Luck .
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