Hospital dash for father of op child

John with Harvey (right) and his other son Oscar (3).
John with Harvey (right) and his other son Oscar (3).
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THE father of a boy so poorly with appendicitis he spent weeks in hospital had to be rushed to hospital himself – with appendicitis.

John Harrison said he was sobbing in pain, which he put down to a recent flu virus, when he finally went to hospital, and doctors immediately put him on the list for emergency surgery,

His illness came as his son Harvey, not yet two years old, continues to recover at home following a tough time getting over a ruptured appendix which had turned to gangrene.

He spent a total of two weeks at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital following surgery coping with various infections.

John, 50, said: “It just sounds ridiculous. You couldn’t make it up.

“I’d finally gone back to work, and on the Wednesday I told my colleagues I thought I had food poisoning. I never thought for a second it could be appendicitis.

“The next day I’m not ashamed to say I was crying my eyes out the pain was that bad.”

John and wife Emma, of Thornton, went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on March 21, when he was put on a morphine drip while he waited for an operation.

He said: “The doctor said ‘Mr Harrison, you have appendicitis” and you could have knocked me down with a feather duster.

“Being so ill has brought it all home for me, I was in just a bit of the pain my son was experiencing.”

John was out of hospital on Saturday, and was back at work this week at Guy Hall Agricultural Services where he works as a structural draftsman.

He added: “If it wasn’t for having such a good boss, I’d be out of a job now.”

Harvey was finally home from hospital 19 days after first being seen by doctors at Blackpool Victoria on February 9.

John said his youngest son was still on antibiotics to help his tummy and bowel through the trauma of being operated on and the stress put on them during the illness.

But for now, he is enjoying being at home with his family.

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