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Double heart attack survivor Frank Todd dies aged 83
A PENSIONER who survived a double heart attack 13 years ago has died at a care home in Riccall at the age of 83.
Frank Todd and his wife of more than 50 years, Marie, 79, have lived at Riccall Care Home since 2012, having previously lived in Cawood and York.
In 2000 The Press reported how Mr Todd, then 70, made a good recovery after suffering two cardiac arrests within half an hour.
He later visited Selby Ambulance Station to thank paramedic Liz Moore and ambulance technician Paul Simpson, who saved his life.
Mr Todd, a staunch Leeds United supporter, had gone to his local, the Jolly Sailor, at Cawood, to watch Leeds play Manchester United.
But he had to leave after ten minutes after suffering chest pains and aching arms.
When he got home, Mrs Todd immediately dialled 999 and the ambulance arrived within ten minutes.
Mr Todd said at the time: “They set to work on me straight away. I remember crossing Cawood Bridge before I blacked out. Then I’m told they jump-started my heart using a defibrillator.
“I blacked out again once I reached York Hospital after a second cardiac arrest and this time hospital staff jump-started my heart. I remember someone saying: ‘It’s your lucky day,’ and they were absolutely right.”
Mr Todd went on to write to the then Health Secretary, Alan Milburn, praising the lifesaving treatment he received.
Mr Todd was born in Cutsyke near Castleford and on leaving school went to work for the coal board at Glasshoughton before doing his National Service.
He spent two years in the RAF and went back to work in mining at Glasshoughton before marrying Marie and living in Pontefract.
The couple, who had no children, went on to live in various places, from York to Spain. They finally settled in Cawood, where they were well known in the village.
In his spare time, as well as football, Mr Moor enjoyed music and photography.
A funeral service will take place on Thursday at 2pm at Riccall Methodist Chapel before a burial at Cawood Cemetery. Donations will be to MacMillan Nurses.
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