Double heart attack survivor Sean Doyle has vowed to fight for the hospital which saved his life.
Marathon runner Sean, 48, collapsed during Parkrun at Greenhead Park on May 11, 2013.
Now fully recovered he’s coming up to the third anniversary of his near death experience and has pledged to do all he can to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Doctors gave Sean, of Brockholes, just a 6% chance of survival.
He puts his “miracle” down to prompt care at the scene – and the close proximity to HRI.
“If the A&E hadn’t been so close I wouldn’t be here,” said dad-of-two Sean.
VIDEO: Sean Doyle speaks at Huddersfield Town Game
“The hospital shake-up plan comes back to geography for me. The A&E at Halifax would be in the wrong place bearing in mind the road structure and conditions and however you dress it up it puts people’s lives at stake.
“I use the A629 a lot for work and I always come off at Ainley Top. People talk getting stuck in congestion at Salterhebble but it’s the same story going out of Huddersfield.
“I was very lucky almost three years ago but do you think someone else could overcome those same odds five years in the future? Once you move the hospital there’s no going back.
In pictures: Sean Doyle leads protest run from HRI to CRH
“Yorkshire Ambulance Service are very good but they’re not that good! And we only have one air ambulance and how do we prioritise who gets to use it?”
Sean, now back running though he’s been banned from marathons, added: “In most walks of life you have to carry out a full risk assessment when you plan anything. Where’s the risk assessment here?”