Brother organised Burgess Hill man’s funeral before miracle recovery

Adrian Morris who survived a heart attack and was in a coma for ten days, two years ago to the day.(Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150330-153602008
Adrian Morris who survived a heart attack and was in a coma for ten days, two years ago to the day.(Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150330-153602008

A man who was in a coma for ten days whilst his brother planned his funeral has made a miraculous recovery.

Adrian Morris, 72, from Sayers Common, collapsed with a heart attack at Hassocks Railway Station on March 25, 2013.

He has ‘no recollection’ of the incident, until after he woke from a ten day coma in the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

“I was given my last rights, they were expecting me to conk out, but I proved them wrong,” Adrian said.

“My brother organised my funeral arrangements. He was very pleased when he got a call from me, he was delighted! And shocked, he was so pleased to speak to me.”

Adrian’s brother Paul moved to California in the 60s, and is the mayor of San Pablo.

“He actually came to visit me about six months later, which was very very nice, we had a meal together, and he took me out in my car. It brought us a lot closer together than we were before,” Adrian said.

Adrian was in hospital for six months, for most of which he couldn’t walk.

“I still can’t walk much now,” he said.

“Eventually I was allowed to go home and resume my life, all to the point where I can manage on a daily basis.

“I do have admiration for the medical staff. You hear a lot of people complaining about the NHS, but from my own experience I don’t know what they’re talking about.”

He thanks staff at the hospital, Hassocks Railway Station and the emergency services for their prompt actions which saved his life.

“I met a nurse who cared for me and, luckily for me, shook her hand and said thank you for everything,” Adrian added.

“It was a very, very close call. The fact it was on a busy station platform saved me. I was about two minutes from conking out. I was so close to dying. I was within two minutes.”

Adrian works as an interpreter, which he has recently started again ‘as and when’ he feels healthy enough to.

“It’s best to feel positive about these things. A lady on a train recently told me she was in a wheelchair before, and now she’s walking again. It can be done. Eventually you can recover,” he said.