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Miracle patient ‘delighted’ with birthday celebrations

by Natalie Irvine

A belates 80th birthday bash has taken place for a Glengormely great-grandmother who defied medics at Whiteabbey Hospital, and “pulled through three times” after suffering from heart failure.

Over 70 guest attended the special party held for Mary Porter last Friday, August 20, in Rathmore Manor home — taking place four months after her real birthday date (April 21), because Mrs Porter was too ill in hospital to celebrate.

Her daughter, Gillian Westcott, told the Community Telegraph her mother was “delighted” with the celebrations.

“She really thought it was the most beautiful party,” she said.

“There was singing and performance and 77 people came down to wish her well — most people were crying because they just couldn’t believe the difference in her after her illness and were so glad she was here to celebrate.” She continued: “My mother was taken into Whiteabbey Hospital in February this year with heart failure and really bad breathing problems.

“Our family were called three times to the hospital as doctors did not think she was going to pull through.

“But overtime she did — she’s amazing. All the nurses and doctors at the hospital called her ‘their miracle’.

“But she was too ill to celebrate her 80th birthday in hospital — we had previously organised something special for her but it had to be cancelled.

“Thankfully my mother made an excellent recovery though she always needs her portable oxygen tank now.

“The doctors and nurses did a ‘guard of honour’ when she left the hospital and all applauded her when she made her way out of the ward to go home.

“They all told me she was one of the most loveliest patients they ever had.

“I must say a special thanks again to all the wonderful doctors and nurses that looked after my mother.”

After the celebrations Mrs Porter chose to donate all her birthday money to Whitehouse Primary School where one of her great-grandson attends.

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