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Hands off HRI: Heart attack victim Sean Doyle throws script away in impassioned plea to Huddersfield Town fans

Delighted that people took notice of what he said

Heart attack survivor Sean Doyle threw the script away as he urged Town fans to back the drive to save Huddersfield’s A&E service.

The 48-year-old laid his feelings on the line as he addressed those watching Town play Cardiff at half-time on Saturday.

“It could have got emotional, but I managed to hold it together,” said Sean, who says Huddersfield Royal’s threatened emergency department saved his life.

The marathon runner collapsed after a massive heart attack in 2013 and was rushed to HRI where staff saved him with a new electrically-powered chest compression system.

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Speaking after the match, Sean said: “I’m pretty hoarse today! I did three talks in all – before, during and after the match. I wasn’t really that nervous. I did have a script but threw it away and spoke as I felt.

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“I had to get across the main points but my story was secondary. And I must have done something right because people have been coming up to me to shake my hand or pat me on the back and say how well I had done.

“I felt people were taking notice and that’s what matters. They clapped me on and off the pitch.

Sean Doyle appeals to the crowd to support the Save Our A&E campaign.

“I am here whenever the campaign to save the A&E unit needs me. If they want to roll me out that’s fine because I owe my life to that hospital.”

Health bosses want to switch full A&E provision to Calderdale Royal in Halifax as part of a scheme that would see the existing HRI demolished and a new hospital built across the road on the Acre Mills site.

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Sean, a sales manager from Brockholes, says the move would put people throughout Huddersfield at risk. The father-of-two said: “They might have all the equipment at Halifax, but you would be dead before you got there.

“This is very close to my heart – literally.”

The plans have sparked massive opposition with thousands joining a Facebook page dedicated to saving the service and local MPs organising protest petitions.



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