17 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
GLENN Hoddle believes his near-fatal cardiac arrest was due to a heart condition he inherited from his father.
The former England manager’s three children have now booked urgent checks over fears they too may have problems in the future.
Glenn Hoddle thinks he inherited his heart condition from his father
Glenn said: “This has come as a huge shock to us all. I want them to look after themselves and make sure they are not in danger.”
A vegetarian for 30 years, Glenn had shown no symptoms before his cardiac arrest at the end of a live BT
Sport broadcast last October, when he “died for 60 seconds”.
He swam three times a week, golfed regularly and went to the gym.
Now he believes his condition could have been passed down from his dad Derek, who died in 2002.
The England legend suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest and has since urged his kids to get check-ups
The star said: “Six years prior to my father’s passing he suffered with heart issues which we put down to his heavy smoking. At the time it never crossed my mind that the cigarettes were not to blame and as a result I might be at risk. I didn’t get checked.
“I would urge everyone to do the same thing.
“If a loved one who died was a heavy smoker, that does not necessarily mean it was the cigarettes that killed them.”
The Tottenham legend suffered the cardiac arrest while filming on his 61st birthday last year.
He says the mental scars will be difficult to heal but that his new partner Lisa has been supporting him
The Sun on Sunday yesterday revealed how a studio sound engineer rushed to Glenn’s aid and restarted his heart with CPR and a defibrillator.
Simon Daniels broke seven of Glenn’s ribs as he desperately pounded on his chest to bring him back to life.
Later, doctors found the star was in need of major surgery because the coronary arteries attached to his heart were badly blocked.
Glenn said: “My cardiologist told me he was amazed I hadn’t suffered a massive stroke within the last year.
Glenn had been filming with Robbie Savage before the incident
“That is why I urge guys to go for check-ups and listen to their bodies.
“Two of my arteries were totally blocked and a third was hanging on by about one per cent.”
He underwent a quadruple heart bypass operation at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London.
Prompted by his op, the veteran manager’s children — mums Zoe, 36, and Zara, 33, and musician son Jamie, 27 — have booked medical check-ups.
He was celebrating his 61st birthday before suffering the cardiac arrest
And Glenn admitted his high-pressure career in top-level football management may have contributed to his heart condition.
He said: “It is a stressful job, yet on the day it happened I had felt fine. Just a few months before I’d covered the World Cup in Russia and taken more than 20 flights. It was a lot of work but I didn’t feel worn out.
“Before I went to Russia I had been prescribed tablets for some breathlessness but that was it.”
Glenn was capped 53 times for England as a player. As well as managing the national team, he was also boss of a string of clubs, including Premier League teams Chelsea, Spurs and Southampton.
Glenn admitted that his high-pressure job as a top-level manager could have contributed to his heart condition
[boxout headline=”Saved by nine-hour surgery” featured-image=”3891973″]THE quadruple heart bypass that saved Glenn’s life took a harrowing NINE hours to complete.
He had been told the operation would last four hours – but doctors ran into problems during surgery.
That meant Glenn’s loved ones – including his children and partner Lisa Curtis, 50 – had to endure an agonising longer wait to find out if the op had been a success.
Glenn said: “It was hugely traumatic for my family.
“The doctors encountered problems taking the veins they needed out of my legs.
“It was because of the varicose veins I have suffered with all my life and inherited from my mum and dad.
“They had to keep me under for nine hours in the end to get the operation done.”
A heart bypass involves taking veins from the leg or arm and grafting them on to the coronary arteries to boost blood flow to the heart.
Surgeons usually take veins from just one leg during the surgery.
But in Glenn’s case they needed to harvest them from both of his legs as well as an arm.
Glenn had to wait for two weeks in hospital following his cardiac arrest before he was deemed well enough to undergo the major surgery at St Bartholomew’s in central London.
He said: “It was mind-blowing to me when my doctors described what they were going to do.
“They cut your breast bone, open your rib cage and get to your heart.
“I tried not to think about it too much during the two-week wait.
“I put myself in the hands of my surgeon Mr Stephen Edmondson and trusted him completely.
“He was incredible and I’m so thankful.”
After recovering from his bypass surgery, Glenn faced yet another op to fit an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD.
If he experiences the symptoms of a cardiac arrest again, the device will kick in and regulate his heartbeat with electrical pulses.
But recovering from major heart surgery was the toughest challenge he has ever faced.
Glenn spent more than a month in hospital following his collapse. After he was discharged, the gruelling battle back to health continued at home.
He admitted: “I have never known fatigue like it. I had to build up my walking gradually. At first, if I walked just 500 yards, I felt like I could have slept for a week afterwards.
“My doctors had told me, particularly as a sportsman, I needed to avoid the temptation to overdo it.
The former England manager says that recovering from heart surgery was the toughest challenge he has ever faced
“They were right. This was not like anything I had gone through before and nothing like getting over a football injury. The wound on my chest from the surgery was also so sore at the beginning. It was awful pain.”
It is clear Glenn is following doctor’s orders. He walks at a sedate pace and is careful not to tire himself out.
Glenn said: “I have followed what the doctors have said and they have been right every step of the way. I am determined not to rush anything.”
Brave Glenn also spoke of plans to seek professional counselling to help him overcome the trauma of his dramatic heart op ordeal.
He says he will be getting professional counselling after the trauma of the ordeal
He said: “The physical scars will heal. But it is the mental scars that will be harder. My doctors warned me I will have my ups and downs, and my word, were they right. It has been an emotional rollercoaster.
“At the moment I have packed away the emotional trauma of my near-death experience in a kind of mental box, as I feel I need to get physically better before I can face it.
“But it is a box I will need to unpack and I may need counselling to help with that.”
Prayer and faith has also helped Glenn come to terms with his brush with death.
Glenn says recovery is nothing like getting over a football injury
He said: “This has made me more aware that how you live your life is so important.
“It is not all about achieving career milestones. It is about how you behave while you are getting there.
“It has hit me really hard that it might have been my last day.
“Praying is positive thinking. I am embracing it. We don’t always receive positive things sent our way. Dealing with the negative scenarios is part of the healing process.”
He previously played for Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur
Meeting Glenn face-to-face, it is clear he has thought deeply about the extraordinary chain of events which combined to help save his life.
Hero sound engineer Simon Daniels happened to be a volunteer police officer with full first-aid training, and paramedics were parked only six minutes around the corner.
An air ambulance was also available to airlift Glenn to hospital. He said: “If I had stepped outside of the studio, or gone to the toilet, I would have been alone and might not have survived.
“For some reason the stars were aligned and I was saved in this amazing way. I’ve been given a second chance and I don’t honestly know why yet. I’ll work it out, though.”
Sound engineer Simon Daniels used his first-aid training to help save Glenn
Light relief during Glenn’s hospital stay also came in the form of Harry Redknapp’s appearance on TV’s I’m a Celebrity.
Glenn said: “I am an avid reader, and loads of people brought me books. But I just couldn’t focus on reading.
“I couldn’t even concentrate on watching TV. I watched one football game but couldn’t take it in. But I did watch some of Harry in the jungle.
“Because I worked with him for six months at QPR I knew he only likes plain food so I did wonder how he would cope with it all.
He says he repeatedly suffered memory lapses while in hospital
“But he looked like he enjoyed it and it worked out brilliantly.”
Glenn also told how he suffered repeated memory lapses in hospital.
He said: “I don’t know what happened. It must have been a side- effect of the cardiac arrest, perhaps, but I couldn’t remember anything.
“I kept asking the doctors the same questions and my kids kept saying, ‘Dad, you have asked that already.’
Glenn Hoddle with his wife and their two daughters Zara and Zoe in 1990
Glenn’s nightmare trauma came just hours before the world of football was rocked by a second devastating tragedy, as the helicopter owned by Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed, killing him and four others.
Glenn said: “That played out on BT Sport as well after live coverage of Leicester’s game against West Ham.
“I obviously didn’t hear about what happened until long afterwards, but I was shocked. It was tragic. I wanted to pay my respects.”
Glenn still suffers soreness in his chest, breathlessness and has temporarily lost his sense of taste. His sense of smell has also been affected.
He still suffers from soreness in his chest and temporary loss of some of his senses
He is also likely to be on medication for life to prevent further attacks.
His new partner Lisa Curtis, 50, accompanies him on walks, monitors his medication and gives him lifts as he is still unable to drive.
He said: “Lisa and the kids have been fantastic. When I kept forgetting things, Lisa wrote everything down and became like an expert.
“The kids and Lisa have been on walks with me. I have now built up to a mile and a half every day.
Glenn says he is grateful for the support he has received and is looking forward to spending time with his family
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“I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received.
“I just want to get better so I’m ready to go away on a golf break. I go every year with my son and sons-in-law, and I look forward to it so much.
“It’s great to have something to aim for.”
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