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‘Do Not Resuscitate’ stroke victim is moved from hospital where doctors had ‘given up’ on him and successfully operated on at another unit after Mail on Sunday highlighted his plight

Thank goodness for the quick thinking of this mans family and The Royal Brompton in saving his life who otherwise would have died at the Basildon Hospital. Joanna

A father who doctors ‘gave up’ on following a stroke is now recovering after The Mail on Sunday highlighted his plight. Doctors applied four times to place a ‘do not resuscitate’ order on the medical notes of Paul Scoble, 48, after he suffered the devastating stroke last August. It meant they would not have tried to restart his heart if he had gone into cardiac arrest, and would have left him to die.  He was immobile, breathing through a ventilator and largely unable to communicate. Doctors at Basildon Hospital in Essex told Mr Scoble’s children, Danielle and Leon, to prepare for the worst and asked them to ‘seriously consider’ what their father’s life would be like if he did survive, the siblings said. Besides suffering the stroke, Mr Scoble also had two leaky heart valves. The doctors resisted the idea of carrying out an operation to mend them and said the chances of him surviving it were slim. But Danielle and Leon refused to listen and contacted bosses at other hospitals to ask if they would operate.

After The Mail on Sunday highlighted their plight in November, medics at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London agreed to operate and he was transferred there. Now, Mr Scoble, who runs a family import business with Danielle and Leon, is off a ventilator, eating and talking.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2934788/Do-not-resuscitate-stroke-victim-moved-hospital-doctors-given-successfully-operated-unit-Mail-Sunday-highlighted-plight.html

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Lucky: Paul Scoble’s daughter Danielle (both pictured) refused to give up after doctors applied four times to place a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order on his medical notes

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