Back from the brink

Thursday, 9 August 2018

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AFTER 20 long months staring death in the face, Antrim man Mark Smyth is finally allowing himself to dream of the future.
His liver had been destroyed by a deadly cocktail of booze and prescription medicine and without a transplant he knew this was a fight he could not win.
And that battle appeared to be moving into its final stages three weeks ago when he became gravely ill and was rushed to Antrim Hospital. Staff there were unable to stabilise him so he was taken to the Royal Victoria and then on to King's College Hospital in London for specialist care.
The local man was in a critical condition, before medics managed to bring him back from the brink - but it was clear that this latest set-back had taken its toll. Time was not on their side.
But then he finally got the call he had been waiting for...
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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