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VIDEO: Cornwall man praises NHS for saving his life

VIDEO: Cornwall man praises NHS for saving his life

Published by Emma Carton at 6:25am 5th July 2018. (Updated at 3:27pm 5th July 2018)

A west Cornwall man thanks the doctors and nurses who saved his life, on the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Alan Blake, who lives near Madron, was only diagnosed with AAA when his wife put his name down for a scan.

That is when the main blood vessel in the body starts to balloon and if it bursts, eight out of 10 cases are fatal.

Scroll down to read more about an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or leave us your thank you messages for the NHS.

AAA diagram

Alan had surgery around a year ago and has told Pirate FM he cannot fault the treatment he received at Treliske.

"I would urge anybody, men particularly over the age of 65, to go and look for an AAA scan; it's a hidden killer.

"Within a couple of days I had a CT scan, saw a specialist and it was all systems go then.

"I was admitted to Treliske hospital within, I think, two weeks and the whole procedure was finished within a month; I was really quite pleased.

"When you're in there, you're not aware of the pressure they're under because they seem to cope so efficiently; I've nothing but praise for them".

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

In 2016, Treliske launched an appeal to encourage more people to go and be screened for AAA.

At the time, figures showed around 800 Cornish patients a year were ignoring invites for the tests.

Tracey Ellis from the Peninsula programme told Pirate FM about a man from Falmouth whose life was saved.

"We don't mind people making an informed decision that they don't want come in for screening. Some of those people might have other health conditions, they might not wish to know that they've got an aneurysm and that's absolutely fine.

"Only this year we screened a gentleman in Falmouth who didn't attend his first appointment. We always send out a second invite. His wife encouraged him to attend the second and he had a large aneurism. He's been operated on and is now at home and recovering well. So for this gent in particular - it was lifesaving".

Click here to read more about Cornwall's screening programme or scroll down to leave us your NHS thank you messages at the link below.

Watch for more information about an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm...

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