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Wife Kirsty Gordon-Thomas: 'There aren’t enough words to thank Darent Valley Hospital enough for saving my husband's life'

25 February 2014

Kirsty Gordon-Thomas with husband Lindsey and children

Kirsty Gordon-Thomas with husband Lindsey and children

A woman has praised hospital staff after their quick actions saved her husband’s life.

Kirsty Gordon-Thomas posted a thank you message on Twitter after her husband Lindsey collapsed at Darent Valley Hospital.

Mr Gordon-Thomas was originally thought to be dehydrated but it soon became clear his condition was much more serious.

After his collapse, accident and emergency nurses Olympiu Dragomir and

Kirsty Gordon-Thomas with husband Lindsey and children

Kirsty Gordon-Thomas with husband Lindsey and children

Natalie Jordan led by Dr Chidi Uba acted swiftly to resuscitate Mr Gordon-Thomas.

His wife tweeted that she could not find the words to describe their actions. It said: “There aren’t enough words/tweets/anything in the world that could thank Darent Valley Hospital enough for saving my husband’s life.”

A&E consultant nurse Sam Elden-Lee said if it was not for the team’s quick work, Mr Gordon-Thomas could have died.

She said: “This is exactly what our nurses are trained to do and they did an excellent job.
“The A&E team showed absolute diligence in taking immediate control of the situation and successfully resuscitating Lindsey.

“There is no doubt that without their swift intervention Lindsey may not have recovered.”
It has since been established the father-of-two has a severe heart condition. He is currently at St Thomas’ Hospital in London undergoing more tests.

Darent Valley Hospital

Darent Valley Hospital

Mrs Gordon-Thomas said the day she found out the news was the “worst day imaginable” and called the behaviour of hospital staff “moving”.

She said: “Once he was safe, he went to intensive care for a few days where they gave me endless information, and a direct telephone number to ring if I was worried. “Then he went to Chestnut Ward.

“I was moved so much by what I saw in there. They were brilliant with everyone not just us.
“One patient had dementia and the nurses were great. They stroked his hair asking if he was ok – it really moved me.”

Chief executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Susan Acott said the praise from Mrs Gordon-Thomas meant a lot to the hospital staff.

She said: “Although excellent treatment and care is what we want for all our patients, Kirsty’s message still feels very special. Our thoughts and best wishes are with her and the family for a healthy outcome for Lindsey.”

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