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Cancer operation is rescheduled for veteran RAF officer

By Claire O'Boyle

A 92-year-old man whose cancer operation was cancelled at the last minute on Monday will have the procedure tomorrow.

Retired RAF officer Geoffrey Bainbridge, from Portrush, had stopped taking life-saving heart drugs for three days in preparation for the operation, and was devastated when it was called off as he sat by his hospital bed.

Geoffrey's daughter Valerie Bainbridge (65) had told the Belfast Telegraph of the family's fury over his treatment.

Last night, however, Mr Bainbridge was asked to return to Altnagelvin Hospital today to be ready for his operation tomorrow.

"We're so relieved," said Valerie, who is from Belfast.

"We were concerned we wouldn't have enough time to clear his system of his heart medication before the procedure but we've been assured that 48 hours is enough.

"Daddy will be pleased to have this operation over him and then we can get back to normal."

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