9 September 2019

Sheffield Professor thanks same hospital team for saving the lives of both him and his wife


A Sheffield Professor has thanked the same Cardiology department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for saving the lives of both him and his wife in less than five years.

Professor Edward Winter, 69, who lives in Dore, is an Emeritus Professor of the Physiology of Exercise at Sheffield Hallam University and has worked with numerous athletes, including runners, racketsports players and footballers.

In March this year Edward began suffering with chest pains and was referred by his GP to see Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Rachel Orme at the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Northern General Hospital.

After an initial consultation, Dr Orme arranged for Edward to undergo a coronary CT scan and an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound scan of the heart.

Edward said: “The morning after my CT scan I received a call from Dr Orme and as I was due back in for further tests that afternoon, I knew it didn’t sound good. Dr Orme said she would meet me at my echocardiogram appointment that day. She informed me that one of my coronary arteries was seriously narrowed and that she was booking me in to have a procedure to have a stent inserted. She then asked me how I was feeling and when I replied that I had had chest pain a day or so before and had called the Paramedics, she promptly said, Edward, I am admitting you for the procedure now. My stent was inserted the next day.”

Dr Rachel Orme, Consultant Cardiologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The scan the previous day had identified that Edward’s left coronary artery was 95% blocked meaning that he had a very significant narrowing in that artery, these narrowings can lead to potentially fatal heart attacks. Once I heard he had also been having significant chest pain I immediately arranged to admit him to the Chesterman Unit so that we could treat his coronary narrowing with a balloon and stent procedure, also known as an angioplasty.”

An angioplasty involves using a balloon to stretch open a narrowed or blocked artery and inserting a short wire-mesh tube, called a stent, into the artery to allow blood to flow more freely.

Edward had the stent successfully inserted on the afternoon of Friday 14th June by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Javaid Iqbal. He was kept in hospital on the Chesterman wing overnight and discharged home the following morning.

Edward said: “Remarkably, within 48 hours of being literally, a hair’s-width from catastrophe, I had been admitted, treated, discharged and was on a 20-minute walk to my local newsagents to buy our weekly lottery tickets. Those tickets were not winners, but I had just won the lottery of life!”

Edward wrote to Kirsten Major, Chief Executive of the Trust, to express his appreciation for the way his life was saved. However, just four years earlier, Edward had written a very similar letter in appreciation of the same team for saving the life of his wife, Anne.

In May 2015, Anne suffered a heart attack whilst the couple were gardening. Edward realised matters were serious and telephoned immediately for an ambulance.

Within minutes, a first responder arrived, followed shortly after by an ambulance and two more paramedics. They stabilised Anne in their living room at home and then took her to the Coronary Care Unit at Northern General Hospital.

Upon arrival at hospital Anne had an angiogram which showed there was a serious narrowing of one of her coronary arteries, and immediately had a stent fitted by Dr Ever Grech, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist. Within only three hours of her heart attack, Anne was recovering on the ward.

72 hours after the incident, the couple were in London preparing to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace the next day.

Edward said: “Anne and I greatly appreciate what has been done by this department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. We both have received excellent, life-saving care from the Consultants, the attentive nursing staff, and the whole team in coronary care. For nearly 70 years we have been beneficiaries of the National Health Service and continue to be ardent supporters of this jewel in our national crown.”
 



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