A patient has returned to Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to thank nurses who potentially saved his life by spotting a serious heart condition during routine tests prior to an eye operation.
David Cannan, 72, flew from his home in the Isle of Man to Liverpool for an appointment at Walton Hospital’s ophthalmology department. Within hours of arrival, he had undergone emergency cardiac surgery and been fitted with a pacemaker after nurses Maria Derbyshire and Mary Buckley noticed his pulse was dangerously low due to an undiagnosed heart blockage.
‘Before I went into theatre, the nurses took the usual tests, checked my blood pressure and then put my finger in the pulse machine. We were chatting and laughing, but it all changed when they realised that my heart rate was down to 33 when is should have been between 70 and 80,’ he said.