Felixstowe: Heart attack dad hoping to be home for Christmas
IT was the Christmas they thought they would never have.
Three weeks ago, 67-year-old Brent Dunningham was fighting for his life, after he collapsed in Walton High Street due to a heart attack and stopped breathing.
The former lorry driver was given CPR by a family friend and bouncer, Kylie Malapeau, 39, at the roadside and taken to Ipswich Hospital before being transferred to Papworth Hospital.
Having undergone a triple bypass operation, it now looks like Brent, of Queen Street in Walton, will be home just in time to celebrate Christmas.
His daughter, Andrea Pettit, said: “It’s a Christmas that we didn’t expect to have so we are really really pleased.
“It has been quite a tough time on everybody but I think it has given him [Brent] a new perspective on life. He is much more cheerful and jolly and determined to enjoy life.
“I can’t wait for Christmas – we’re going to be spending it at mum and dad’s house.”
- 1 Man suffers fractured eye socket after attack outside Ipswich bus station
- 2 Unclaimed £83k winning EuroMillions lottery ticket was bought in Suffolk
- 3 Police concerned for welfare of missing Suffolk man last seen two weeks ago
- 4 Woman who stole £24k from school and football club to face sentence
- 5 Suffolk rail services affected after person hit by a train
- 6 Ipswich climber's death was a 'tragic and unexpected accident'
- 7 Severe delays on A14 outside Ipswich after vehicle sheds turf on road
- 8 Former town council manager named as woman who died in A11 crash
- 9 School submits plan to turn site into 7 homes
- 10 Victim bundled into car and hit with hammer, robbery and kidnap trial hears
Brent’s son Ashley Dunningham, 26, added that his dad told him he was determined to make it home for Christmas.
“He has come off the drips and had his first walk [yesterday] which he was really chuffed about,” he said.
“He’s very determined to come back [today]. The doctor is going to tell him whether he can come home or not.
“We don’t know what the doctor will say but obviously everyone wants him to come home.”
Ms Malapeau, who is trained in first aid, was driving past the Co-op in Walton High Street on December 4, when Brent collapsed.
When she reached him she discovered that he wasn’t breathing so she began to perform CPR and his pulse eventually returned.
Doctors said her actions undoubtedly saved his life and Brent’s family described her as a hero.
Mrs Pettit added: “I feel an immense sense of relief that he came round from the cardiac arrest with the help of Kylie and the doctors at Ipswich Hospital and the team at Papworth.”