HIS wife was asked whether she wanted her husband resuscitated after doctors thought there was no way back from his latest heart failure.
But pensioner Melvin Louch, 75, confounded medics at Queen Alexandra Hospital by fighting back from the brink to still be alive today.
And now the retired construction engineer, who is better known as Bob, wants to give back to the people he credits as saving his life by volunteering at the hospital.
The Denmead resident admitted last year was ‘very difficult’ as he was besieged by health problems including suffering two heart attacks, a stroke and having kidney failure.
Melvin said: ‘It all just came out of the blue. I was rushed to QA where I was told I had heart failure. I was looked after for a while while they decided what to do with me before the doctor said they would do open heart surgery.
‘I feared the worst – it didn’t sound good. I had the operation and spent five and a half hours in surgery where the doctor was using an innovative drilling method to drive through the wires of the heart.
‘The operation was successful and the doctor was very happy – it was a great achievement to pull it off.
‘But after I came out of hospital I had a stroke which resulted in me losing part of my sight and being readmitted back to QA.’
Despite Melvin’s nightmare ordeal, the worst was yet to come as his medication caused further health complications as his lungs began to fill up with fluid – leading to him being rushed back to hospital in a critical condition after suffering another heart attack.
‘It was touch and go – the doctor asked my wife if she wanted me to be resuscitated,’ Melvin said. ‘My heart was beating like it wanted to come out of my chest. But I survived. The doctors saved my life.
‘I suffered complications with my kidneys as a result because how healthy they are depends on how healthy the heart is. I was on stage five dialysis which is quite bad. But I’m now much better after making changes the doctors suggested to my diet.’
After having his life saved on three occasions, Melvin told The News he is eternally grateful to doctors and staff at QA which sparked him into volunteering. ‘I was so well looked after by everyone – they were all superb and saved my life,’ he said.
‘Saying thank you for what they did doesn’t mean much so I wanted to show my gratitude by giving something back. I now take flowers donated by Sainsbury’s to the hospital and deliver them to the reception on all seven levels which I thoroughly enjoy.
‘It takes me up to two and a half hours to do it all but is great exercise which helps my health.’