Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Barry’s ‘brush with the grim reaper’

I AM happy to report that Barry Hardman, chairman of Phyllis Court Club in Henley, is on the mend after

I AM happy to report that Barry Hardman, chairman of Phyllis Court Club in Henley, is on the mend after suffering a heart attack.

Barry, who is 71, was rushed to the Royal Berks almost two weeks ago after experiencing chest pains while at home in Reading Road.

His wife Ann called an ambulance and 90 minutes later he had been fitted with a stent to improve the blood flow.

Barry tells me it was his “little brush with the grim reaper”.

“It was Sunday morning and I literally couldn’t breath,” he said. “Ann called 999 and an ambulance and paramedics arrived. They took me to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and on the way they rung the cardiac care unit which had a team standing by.”

After his operation, Barry had four days of being looked after “wonderfully”.

“I can’t speak of the hospital highly enough,” he says. “They couldn’t be faulted.”

Last week, the same cardiac team was named the fastest in the country for providing heart attack treatment, so Barry really was in the best hands.

Now back home convalescing, he has received many good wishes from family and friends, many of them from the club, which seems to be running fine without him.

“It shows you just how dispensable the chairman is,” laughs Barry. “Everyone has taken on a bit more and they are doing just as well if not better than if I were there.”

He doesn’t know if and then he will return to his duties as he is likely to need a heart by-pass operation.

“It is probably all that riotous living,” he says.

Get well soon, Barry.

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