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Paddy's joy in his daughter's wedding is a life lesson for us all

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Published 28/09/2015

Brenda and dad Paddy in a horse-drawn carriage
Brenda and dad Paddy in a horse-drawn carriage

What a difference a fortnight can make in life as witnessed by the experiences of Co Antrim man Paddy Watson. He walked his daughter up the aisle at her wedding on Saturday, just two weeks after he was at death's door when he took a heart attack while watching a hurling game involving his native Loughgiel team.

Thanks to swift medical intervention and the availability of a defibrillator he was stabilised and then brought to hospital for continued treatment.

His recovery, of course, was the best wedding present that his daughter Brenda could have received, making Saturday, indeed, the happiest day of her life. Our fate can often hang by a very slender thread. Thankfully, in this instance, the thread did not snap.

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