A man who spent weeks recovering in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Critical Care Unit after a heart attack has thanked the people who helped him to get back on his feet.
Trevor Whitby had to be resuscitated 16 times in his Wisbech bedroom as paramedics tried to stablise him following the cardiac arrest last year.
Mr Whitby underwent an operation at the Norfolk and Norwich before spending six weeks recovering at the QEH and was not expected to make a full recovery.
But his wife Sarah believes that his grandsons Oliver and Samuel gave Mr Whitby the determination to return to full health.
He is now enjoying building ramps and spending time with his grandsons along with caring for his garden.
Mr and Mrs Whitby have returned to the unit, along with daughters Claire and Lucy, to present cheques for a total of £350.
Mrs Whitby said: “We had placed a photograph of Oliver and Samuel at bottom of his bed. I think that photograph kept him going.
“The care he received here was unbelievable. They never gave up.”
Mr Whitby added: “It is emotional to be back here as I don’t remember it. I was determined to get back to full health.”
He was discharged from hospital on his 70th birthday, which was celebrated with a barbecue.
During the celebrations, the family raised £700 for both the QEH and the East of England Ambulance Service.
The family have presented a cheque for £350 to Sister Denise Reid.
Daughter Claire added: “Dad would not be here without the unit. They looked after Dad so well.”
Pictured from left are: Claire Whitby, Sister Denise Reid, Trevor Whitby, Sarah Whitby and Lucy Whitby