Vanstone faces triple-bypass heart surgey

SURVIVOR: Brenton Vanstone is making light of his near-death experience.

SURVIVOR: Brenton Vanstone is making light of his near-death experience.

Wandearah farmer and former Port Pirie mayor Brenton Vanstone survived a near-death experience.

He collapsed in the en suite of his farmhouse on Saturday, August 5, after sweating and having feelings of indigestion and heaviness down his arms.

Miraculously, he regained consciousness and decided to drive himself to Port Pirie hospital after first having a shower and dousing himself in cologne.

He was told at the hospital that he had a heart attack and needed triple-bypass surgery.

He was flown to Adelaide and will undergo a life-saving operation at Wakefield hospital on Tuesday.

“There was a 15-percent survival rate for people who had been in my situation after a heart attack,” he said from his hospital bed in the Royal Adelaide Hospital ahead of his transfer to Wakefield health centre.

He urged people to check their health at the first sign of any problems.

“It is better to be embarrassed than be a corpse,” he said.

“I have never felt so happy or well. I have no symptoms, but I was not feeling too good at the time.”