Good Morning Ballymena saved John's life

Thursday, 8 February 2018

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BALLYMENA man John Ibbotson would not be alive today if it were not for the valuable services of  'Good Morning Ballymena'.
 The charity offers a free, friendly and important telephone service for adults of 60+ who may feel lonely, vulnerable or just in need of a regular friendly voice to talk to. 
John lives in sheltered accommodation and is registered disabled.  With his mobility problems which make standing and walking painful and very difficult he does not get out of his flat much.  To add to this circulation problems and suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 
On Wednesday November 22, 2017 concerns were raised about John's wellbeing.  'Good Morning Ballymena' had tried to call him that morning, as they do every morning.  After several attempts they then contacted the family.
John's son Chris explained: "I myself was in a meeting in Belfast and my mother was working so we asked them to contact the warden of the accommodation where he lives.  As my father had somehow put the deadlock on his door, the warden could not gain access to check on him. 
“With no answer to the door buzzer or knocking of the windows it was becoming increasingly worrying as he rarely goes out.  Both the police and ambulance were called who found my father collapsed on the bedroom floor, having seizures and not breathing." 
  On route to hospital John would go on to have more seizures.  On arrival he was placed into an induced coma to protect his vital organs and moved to an Intensive Care Unit in Altnagelvin. 
Chris continued: "My sister and aunt flew over from England that evening as we had been warned he was very ill and it would be best if all the family could be there for him as there was a fear he may not make it.  What followed was a lengthy period of recovery with over a week in ICU, two weeks in Antrim Area Hospital then two weeks of respite in a residential home.  He is now back in his own home and recovering well, thankful to be alive." 
 John and his family would like to thank all those who helped -  the police, paramedics,  the     doctors and nurses in Antrim Area Hospital's High Dependency Unit, the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital and at Rosedale Residential Care Home in Antrim.
Chris added: "All this would not have happened if it were not for that daily phone call from 'Good Morning Ballymena' and we will be forever in their debt for the significant part they played in my father's life being saved." 
 John commissioned  his son's company 'Chris Ibbotson Photography', to take a photo of  Slemish Mountain and donate it to  'Good Morning Ballymena'.
‘Good Morning Ballymena' are based at 21 William Street, Ballymena and can be contacted on 028 2564 0720.


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