Family raise cash to thank medics

�700 cheque presentation to the staff of Ward 30 at the Cardiothoracic department at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne in memory of Margaret Wilkinson from Blyth (left to right-back row) Deborah Wilkinson, Angela Connell, Sandra Wilkinson, Margaret Wilkinson and (front three-left to right) Sister Carole Pringle, Tom Wilkinson and Sister Andrea Dunnington.
�700 cheque presentation to the staff of Ward 30 at the Cardiothoracic department at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne in memory of Margaret Wilkinson from Blyth (left to right-back row) Deborah Wilkinson, Angela Connell, Sandra Wilkinson, Margaret Wilkinson and (front three-left to right) Sister Carole Pringle, Tom Wilkinson and Sister Andrea Dunnington.

A FAMILY have raised £700 to thank hospital staff for their efforts to try to save their mum’s life.

Margaret Wilkinson, 66, of Bamburgh Close in Blyth, died of an infection two months after undergoing surgery to have an aortic valve replaced.

Doctors at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle fought for 16 hours to save her life, but their efforts were in vain.

The family decided to raise money to thank the hospital by requesting donations from family and friends instead of flowers for Margaret’s funeral.

Daughter Debra Wilkinson, 45, of Fourteenth Avenue, Blyth, said: “The surgeon was brilliant.

“My mum went into theatre at eight o’clock in the morning, and the surgeon came out at eight o’clock at night to let us know that her chances were only one per cent. He let us go into the theatre to see her.

“He then went back in for another four hours to try and save her. That’s a total of 16 hours.

“We are so grateful to the hospital for trying so hard to save her life. They were fantastic.”

The hospital will use the money to buy a new heart monitor.

A spokesperson for the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted that the family have raised this money to buy an important piece of medical equipment and thank them very much.”

Margaret, a former cleaner, left husband Tom, 66, four daughters, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family are holding a fundraising night in aid of the Freeman Hospital at the Waterloo Club in Blyth on Thursday, December 1, from 7pm. Attractions will include bingo and a tombola. Entry will be £1.