September 19, 2008

Stroke Victim Says Big Thank You

A MAN who suffered a stroke has celebrated his 65th birthday with a group of people who he believes saved his life.

Doug Willis is a regular attendee at exercise sessions, run as part of Northumberland Care Trust's cardiac rehabilitation programme for people in rural areas.

On April 1 this year, he collapsed during one of the sessions at Cheviot Primary Care Centre in Wooler, near his home.

He was treated immediately by cardiac sister Carol Groves, who runs the group, and local GP Dr Charles Dean before being taken to Wansbeck General Hospital, where he made a full recovery.

Recently, the group organised a birthday celebration for him. He said: "I really enjoy the sessions and I think being here when I was taken ill saved my life."

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