Op joy thanks to The Gazette

91 year-old Hubert Crossley, of Fleetwood
91 year-old Hubert Crossley, of Fleetwood
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A FYLDE coast war veteran is celebrating after the NHS confirmed he would finally have an operation to set him on the road to good health again.

Hubert Crossley, 92, was left bitterly disappointed when NHS North Lancashire declined his application for a TAVI (transcatheter aorticvalve implantation).

The lives of dozens of people were left hanging in the balance after the North West Specialised Commissioning Group (NWSCG) decided not to fund the pioneering £25,000 treatment, and patients had no option but to apply to their local Primary Care Trusts for funding.

Many were refused the treatment and forced to appeal.

But after The Gazette highlighted the patients’ plights, the NWSCG approved the routine commissioning of the £25,000 procedure earlier this year.

Now the great-grandfather, of Princes Way, Fleetwood, has been given confirmation he will have the procedure.

He said: “I’m feeling better for knowing something is going to be done.

“I go into hospital on Monday and as far as I know it will take place on Tuesday.

“The doctors say I’ll be in hospital for a week but it should make my breathing better.”

Mr Crossley says he is looking forward to taking trips abroad again and leading a “normal life.”

He added: “I wanted to let The Gazette know because of what you’d done.

“I couldn’t get anywhere before but hopefully this will go well and I’ll be able to lead a normal life again.”