Golfer says staff saved his life
A KEEN golfer who suffered a heart attack at the Royal North Devon Golf Club believes he wouldn't be alive now were it not for the medical staff who were on hand.
David Parker, 64, who is retired, collapsed in the changing rooms of the Westward Ho! club, on Wednesday, last week.
He had been at a function when he started to feel unwell.
He told Dr Robin Buckland, who he had been standing next to, that he wasn't feeling well and was going to have five minutes in the changing room.
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David, who lives in Westward Ho!, said luckily Dr Buckland followed him into the changing room because soon after he collapsed and the ambulance was called. It arrived minutes later.
David said: "I suffered a cardiac arrest in the ambulance but was resuscitated.
"I would have been taken by air ambulance but because of the snow it would have difficulty landing.
"I was taken to North Devon District Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital."
David was taken to the Exeter hospital's coronary care unit where he had a stent inserted.
David said he had never had signs he might suffer from a heart attack before it happened, apart from he knew there was a history of heart attacks in his family.
He said: "I was discharged on Saturday and now I am just taking things slowly.
"I am pretty certain that if all the medical staff involved had been efficient I wouldn't have survived. I was brought back to life by them."