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Cancer man's charity campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:47 20 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

A CANCER survivor who had three emergency operations and had to be brought back to life, has raised more than £2,000 for Ipswich Hospital.

Barry Andrews was rushed into hospital last Christmas, when the bowel cancer he was being treated for, took a turn for the worse.

A CANCER survivor who had three emergency operations and had to be brought back to life, has raised more than £2,000 for Ipswich Hospital.

Barry Andrews was rushed into hospital last Christmas, when the bowel cancer he was being treated for, took a turn for the worse.

He had three operations in three days, and after the second one was fighting for his life in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

"I technically died on New Year's Day and had to be brought back to life," said the 58-year-old from Nacton Road, Ipswich.

"It was a tough old time really, but the staff were absolutely brilliant.

"So many people have helped me that it makes me feel humble, I am so grateful."

He praised surgeon and medical director Ian Scott who performed the operations.

Mr Andrews was so impressed with the care he received that once he felt recovered enough, he organised a country and western dance to raise funds.

The event at Gainsborough Labour Club attracted 280 people and raised a total of £2,016.

Four bands, Ollie Austin, New West, El Sid and Just Us, all performed for free.

Super Blues fan Mr Andrews had intended to auction a signed Ipswich Town shirt to boost proceeds, but unbeknown to him his guests did a collection and bought it for him – raising £255.

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