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Former patient gives her backing to Every Heart Matters Appeal

Jean Theobald has had a traumatic past four years after first suffering from bowel cancer then a year later being rushed to the West Suffolk Hospital by ambulance suffering from breathing difficulties.

And added to that her 79-year-old husband Jim, a former lorry driver, suffered a heart attack.

But the couple, who live in Cats Lane, Sudbury, have been fundraising and have handed over £500 to the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal as a way of saying “thank you” for the treatment they received.

It’s another donation for the appeal which is aiming to raise £500,000 to build a brand new cardiac centre at the hospital.

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite that will provide quicker access to more treatments, but the £500,000 My WiSH is hoping to raise will lead to the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, being brought together in one purpose-built centre.

Jean Theobald (2)

Seventy-four-year-old Jean, a former PA at a solicitor’s in Sudbury, visited her doctor’s surgery in February 2014 complaining of not being able to get her breath and an ambulance was called to take her to the West Suffolk Hospital.

“I was in here for two to three days and they realized that there was obviously something wrong … it was an irregular heartbeat but my heart was also enlarged and it ended up that I had dilated cardiomyopathy.

“I was recommended to have a pacemaker and it was October when I first went in at Papworth Hospital to have it fitted.

“I was so bad that I couldn’t even walk up the stairs and had to slow down but once I had the pacemaker fitted it all changed and it’s been amazing.

“It was only five or six days after I had the pacemaker fitted that my husband had a stent fitted.

“And it was four years ago that I was diagnosed with bowel cancer but the tumour was removed and I am okay now.

“The follow up treatment and care I have had here from day one has just been phenomenal and nothing has been to much trouble. If you have someone who cares it makes such a difference.”

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If you would like to donate to the Every Heart Matters Appeal you can do so by;


Text EHMA17 £10 to 70070


Charity Registration Number:1049223