A Wisbech man who had to be resuscitated 16 times in his own home has thanked the medical teams who helped him back to health.
A total of £700 was raised at a 70th birthday barbecue held for Trevor Whitby on the day he was discharged.
Mr 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 Hospital before spending six weeks recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn (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 birthday, which was celebrated with a barbecue.
During the celebrations, the family raised £700 , which has been shared between the QEH and the East of England Ambulance Service.
The family have now returned to the hospital to hand over 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.”
The hospital is also hosting a heart disease awareness evening on May 18. Phone 01553 613142 for details.