LIVE IN FRANCE?
Trevor W -
compliment to The French
is a question I am consistently being asked, and to which I give
this as one of my answers.
Had I not lived in South West France
I truly believe I would not be alive today,
as in the year 2000, at Christmas time, I had a serious heart
and as my house is in the heart of The
Charente’s farmland, in a
small French hamlet some 8 km from Brossac
village. The hamlet is not even on
any map, except Ordinance Survey maps, it was unlikely that I
would receive the necessary medical treatment
My wife telephoned my Doctor’s office immediately, but he was
his rounds, so the Practice sent me the Standby emergency
Doctor from the
neiboroughing town of Chalais,
which was some 18 kilometers from my home.
The young French Doctor arrived within 15 minutes, and on seeing my
condition he immediately telephoned for an ambulance SAMU.
This arrived from Brossac
within 10 minutes, carrying 4 Paramedics,
closely followed by a lady French
Doctor who immediately took charge of the
situation and had me wired to life support equipment within 10 minutes.
The Paramedics then transferred me to a stretcher and carried me to the
ambulance with the equipment still attached. I was
immediately taken to Angouleme
some 58 kilometers from my
home. This took just over half an hour.
medical team was waiting for my arrival and I
was immediately taken
for inspection by a Heart Surgeon.
thoroughly checked all my arteries on a machine which gave pictures of
my blood flows on a visual aid machine which even gave sound echoes of
my blood flow.
than 2 hours I was in an Intensive
bed fully wired up
to my own system which monitored my heart and was under constant survey
by a team of medical
I was kept in Angouleme hospital for 2 weeks and
during this time I was given
daily examinations and was diagnosed for a triple heart bypass.
After this 2 week stay I was sent home for 2 months and then received a
letter asking me to attend the Heart Hospital in Bordeaux for the
operation which took place on 6th March 2001.
After 2 weeks I was asked to attend a Recuperation Center for one
month, but I asked to be excused because my wife was seriously ill and
had been for 4 years with an inoperable disease.
from that date, a Heart Surgeon is constantly monitoring me twice a
year – so now you know one of the reasons why I live in
Trevor W - Brossac
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