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Aneurysm operation shock sees Doncaster men take up screening

Members of the AAA Screening Team with Jack Shaw (centre) Karen Burton (instrumental in organising the event) and Louise Whitwham, Test Your Health Doncaster, Nurse Advisor.

Members of the AAA Screening Team with Jack Shaw (centre) Karen Burton (instrumental in organising the event) and Louise Whitwham, Test Your Health Doncaster, Nurse Advisor.

An Edlington man who underwent a life-saving operation after a screening discovered a dangerous aneurysm has inspired others to get checked over.

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAAs) Screening team were at the Yorkshire Main Officials Club in Edlington last week screening villagers for the condition.

The event took place as a result of the story of Jack Shaw, 65, who earlier this year had to have emergency surgery to repair an aneurysm, found after he took up his free screening invitation.

Jack, went for his AAA ultrasound scan in mid-March, thinking little of the importance of the procedure, but attended at the behest of his wife. During his scan however, Jack was found to have a large aneurysm inside him that required a major operation. He was sent to DRI and underwent surgery on March 31.

The news of Jack’s situation quickly caught the attention of his friends at the Yorkshire Main Officials Club who, keen to ensure that they were checked for the symptomless condition themselves, contacted the AAA team asking them to visit the club to scan members. As a result, 13 men turned up for their scans at the club and were also offered a free Test Your Health session by Nurse Advisor, Louise Whitwham.

Now recovering well after his surgery, Jack said: “If it hadn’t been for my wife I would probably have backed out of the scan, but I am glad I went along now. I would encourage every man to have the scan; it saved my life.”

A spokesperson for the AAA screening programme said: “Jack’s story is another example of the importance of AAA screening. He had no idea that a ticking time bomb was inside him, but the quick ultrasound scan detected the problem and enabled him to receive the surgery that, in all likelihood, prevented a potentially fatal rupture from taking place. Our goal is to scan every man in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw who is over 65 and we will go to the areas where people may not have a clinic near them.”

 

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