BEING in the right place at the right time truly saved the life of Kevan Smith.
The 78-year old wants to say thank you to the vascular team at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, who he believes kept him alive.
Mr Smith, of Chatsworth Avenue, Cosham, was taken into QA because he was in pain.
What no-one knew was Mr Smith had a ticking timebomb inside him, that would need immediate treatment.
His wife, Sonia, 76, said: ‘Last November he was complaining of pain and so I called 111.
‘They told me to take him to the hospital, and so I did.
‘That was on the Friday, and they found an infection in the bowel, which they started treating.
‘But on the Sunday Kevan had collapsed on the way to the toilet.’
Surgeons rushed Mr Smith, a retired transport manager, straight into theatre, to investigate what had happened.
It turned out Mr Kevan had ruptured an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The aorta is the largest artery in the human body, and carries oxygen-rich blood pumped out of, or away from, the heart.
When the aorta reaches the abdomen, it is called the abdominal aorta.
When a weak area of the abdominal aorta expands or bulges, it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The pressure from blood flowing through the abdominal aorta can cause a weakened part of the aorta to expand, like a balloon.
A ruptured aneurysm can cause severe internal bleeding, which can lead to shock or even death.
It is very difficult to detect an AAA, but once it ruptures, the expertise of a vascular team is needed as soon as possible.
Mrs Smith added: ‘If Kevan hadn’t have been in QA, then he wouldn’t be here now.
‘He would’ve died without those surgeons, who acted immediately.
‘I don’t think he would have lasted if he had had to go to Southampton for treatment.’
Mr Smith said he does not remember much of what happened, but wants to thank the hospital.
He said: ‘I don’t remember what happened, Sonia told me afterwards.
‘I want to say thank you to QA for saving my life.’
As reported, some vascular services could be moved from Portsmouth to Southampton.
Health commissioners the Wessex Area Team are yet to make a decision.