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Pioneering programme may have saved life of Greenstead grandfather
9:18am Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
A grandfather from Greenstead has had potentially life-saving surgery after becoming the first to have a condition picked up by a new screening programme.
A ten minute Ultrasound Test shortly after Bill Davies’ 65th birthday discovered he had a 6.7 centimetre aneurysm which had to be treated.
If the aorta, the main blood vessel running from the heart through the chest and abdomen, is allowed to grow, it can become weaker and burst. Around 6,000 people a year die from a ruptured aneurysm.
But Mr Davies is now safe from harm following a five-hour operation at a £1.5 million operating theatre created last year after Colchester General Hospital was named a centre for major vascular surgery.
Mr Davies, of Gardenia Walk, Greenstead, is now urging men to take part in the new NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme when they turn 65.
See Thursday's Gazette for the full story.