Patient's praise for life-saving hospital service
AN elderly man whose life was hanging in the balance has praised staff at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli's intensive care unit for their care.
Llanelli-born James Rowe Jackett was taken into intensive care on April 4 with double pneumonia — a respiratory illness that affects both lungs.
The 77-year-old, who now lives in Capel Hendre, said he had collapsed in his bathroom before being rushed to hospital by ambulance.
"I was in a deep coma for two weeks and there was no movement at all," he said.
"There was also a possibility that I could have a stroke."
He was in intensive care for six weeks, and after a total of 10 weeks in hospital he was eventually discharged.
Mr Jackett — whose ancestors S. Jackett & Sons were famous in Llanelli for being master coach builders — said: "I thank God and express my deepest and sincerest gratitude to all, but especially to the doctors and nurses at intensive care.
"With my life hanging in the balance, they succeeded, with skill and dedication, to restore me to health.
"I now feel like a new man and pray that the ICU may continue its wonderful work at Prince Philip."
During his time in hospital and repeat visits for check-ups, Mr Jackett alleged that a doctor had said that the ICU could possibly be moving from PPH to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.
He said: "Needless to say, I was shocked. This is something I feel strongly about."
The Star approached Hywel Dda Health Board to investigate Mr Jackett's concern.
A spokeswoman for the health board said that it was not to her knowledge that there were any plans to close the ICU at PPH.
She added: "These false rumours are clearly circulating from somewhere and maybe we need to do some reassurance work.
''We just don't know who is hearing these rumours."
Mr Jackett was full of praise for all of the staff that tended to him in hospital and wished to give something back.
He said: "These nurses are so good and so very efficient.
"The doctors — I can't thank enough, of course.
"I have taken chocolate and biscuits up for them – I don't know how to re-pay them."
Mr Jackett has decided that the only way he feels he can say thank you is to donate some money to make the ICU's Christmas dinner even better.
"They don't get paid enough for what they do, so I'm going to take a gift in," he said.