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Aston Villa fan's miracle recovery after TWENTY SEVEN heart attacks

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 19/02/2017 Jasbir Authi
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An Aston Villa fan who ‘died’ 27 times in 24 hours has told of his miracle survival thanks to dedicated NHS staff.

Dad-of-three Ray Woodhall from Wednesbury, collapsed while playing ‘walking football’ after suffering a heart attack.

The 54-year-old was rushed to hospital but went on to have an astonishing further 26.

Despite being told he might not make it through the night, he did - thanks to the top cardiology team at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Ray had been an enthusiastic member of Hartshill Strollers, a club that arranges walking football tournaments for the over 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s.

On December 17, he felt a sharp pain in his chest but thought he was just dehydrated and had a drink before playing on.

But moments later he collapsed and the paramedics were called.

He told Radio Five Live: “I went into a cubicle and it all went a bit vague from there because I think that’s when my arrests started and the next thing I remember I was being taken up to a theatre to have my two stents put in my main artery.

“My family were called and everything seemed fine and the doctor came round and said my stents had gone really well and there is no problem there and it was quite straightforward.”

Ray’s family partner Jo Stokes, 50, sister Jayne, 49, brother Robert, 51, and his three children, went home but then had to rush back after it started happening multiple times.

Ray says all he can remember is drifting off while Dr Deepak Goyal and Dr David Smith, battled to keep him alive.

He said: “I was apologising to the staff for falling asleep and they said ‘you’ve not been asleep, we’ve had to arrest you, you’d went.’ It was quite strange coming round because all these people around you and I thought I had just dropped off to sleep.”

Ray eventually stabilised and is on his way to recovery. He lost 20 per cent of his heart’s function as a result of his ordeal, and is taking it easy with a few strolls each day. He has returned to his desk job at a drinks company and is hoping to play football again.

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