Councillor battles way back to health after aneurysm
John Foley, the chairman of Stratton Parish Council who suffered an aneurysm and is recovering at GWH
PARISH Council stalwart John Foley is well on the way to recovery after suffering an aneurysm last month.
John, the chairman of Stratton Parish Council, became critically ill and was rushed to hospital in September after a burst aneurysm bled into his stomach, and his family feared the worst.
But he is now recovering well in hospital and is hoping to be home in time for Christmas.
Speaking from his hospital bed the 79-year-old said: “I can’t remember anything about what happened. “All I remember is waking up in the ambulance on the way back from Gloucester 10 days after and asking where I was.
“I really miss the council. And home cooking.”
John was taken ill on the morning of September 12 when he fainted and came round but told his wife he felt unwell.
After doctors examined him at the GWH he was taken to the Gloucester Royal Infirmary, where doctors were better equipped to treat him.
John said: “The doctors said it was touch and go at one point. “They said if I hadn’t had the operation in time it would have been my funeral.
“The doctors say I must have been very strong-willed to get through it.
“The staff have just been so fantastic. I couldn’t wish for more. I just wish I had the money to buy them a new unit.
“The National Health Service is the jewel in the crown of Britain.”
On September 29, John was transferred back to the GWH, where he has since been recovering.
Yesterday he began to eat normal food, after the feeding tube he had been using was removed.
He is now due to start rehabilitation treatment, which will see him becoming mobile again.
He said: “I’m looking forward to getting out and about again.
“I will be home at Christmas, and I will be at my daughter’s wedding. But I don’t think I will be out in time to go to the Remembrance Day service in front of the Royal British Legion on St Phillips Road. It will be the first time that I have missed it.”
John has been overwhelmed with all the messages of support that have been coming in.
John’s wife, Eileen, who is also a member of the parish council, said she is particularly grateful to Tim Page and fellow councillor Dave Roberts, who helped by taking her to the hospital to see her husband.
She said: “Everybody has been so helpful and supportive. It’s better now he is out of ICU.
“But I’m getting used to being on my own, which has been hard.
“My family have been so, so supportive, coming from Bristol, Manchester and London to see him.
“The staff at Gloucester Royal Infirmary saved John’s life. We owe them such a lot.
“Although John was still on a ventilator, he was getting up and the staff at the Great Western Hospital have been marvellous.”
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