Thursday, 5 July 2018

Malcolm Hebden praises Blackpool hospital for saving his life

Malcolm Hebden, who is currently taking a break from his role as Norris Cole in Coronation Street, has praised a Blackpool hospital for saving his life.

Malcom was treated at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre in December last year, where consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Joseph Zacharias ‘wallpapered’ his heart after a massive heart attack which left him in a coma.

In an interview with The Blackpool Gazette, Malcolm says: “Most of December I was in an induced coma, in the care of these brilliant, wonderful people at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Fortunately I didn’t realise how bad it was; I was dying. The cardiac team, headed by Mr Zacharias, simply saved my life." 

Malcolm had visited his GP with a chest infection and after listening to his heart he was called later that same day to be told an emergency ambulance was on its way to collect him and take him to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, the nearest hospital to his home in the Ribble Valley. 

Malcom says: “I was informed by my doctor I had had at least one heart attack. I was sent to hospital, by emergency ambulance to Blackburn hospital and was there one night. While there I collapsed and was brought here to Blackpool Victoria - where I was operated on, in a procedure which was described by my surgeon Mr Zacharias as ‘ground-breaking’. The heart attack tore a hole in my heart, they operated and took a chance.” 

He was moved back to the Royal Blackburn Hospital still in a coma, and came round 'some time in January', before being discharged in late February, after almost three months in hospital. 

"From getting into that ambulance at home, I don't really remember much at all," Malcolm said. "It was almost like I thought it was happening to Norris Cole, like a soap opera about the NHS."

“People are asking if I’m returning to the Street, but that’s just not known yet," he said. "I may do, I may not, it depends on my recovery.” 

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heart said...

Thank goodness you're on the road to recovery.

All the best to you and hope you are VERY SOON
well enough to return to the cobbles.

We miss you, Norris!

floorbird said...

That's quite the scare, smart of you to get checked over, it'll take time but your on the road to recovery. Your missed on the cobbles, try to make it back.

Unknown said...

Miss Norris terribly

Wendy said...

Many wishes for a full and speedy recovery - miss you on Corrie and hope to see you back eventually!

Zadie Phil said...

Best of luck for a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the cobbles soon.

Rebecca said...

What a terrible ordeal! Best wishes for continued recovery!

abbyk said...

So glad they were able to catch and treat him. I hope we get to see Norris again and soon, but more importantly, best wishes for a safe recovery to MH.

Abercrombie said...

Really miss Norris on Corrie. Get well soon and I am sorry to hear of the actor's suffering.

Anonymous said...

Glad the actor is on the mend, but not missing Norris in the slightest.

Val said...

One of my favourite great characters! Wishing Malcolm all the best for the future and really hope to see him back on the cobbles one day. Obviously health comes first. Very much missed though.

Linda Shockley said...

My husband and I were watching an episode of Last of the Summer Wine when who appears? Malcolm Hebden, playing the part of a depressed husband whom the three: Cleggy, Truelove and Compo, convince to go home. What a surprise to see him there!

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