AHMEDABAD: John Henry Craggs, 90, a British man, came to Ahmedabad with his wife, who’s from Kutch, for her health check-up. But Craggs himself fell ill and underwent cardiac bypass surgery in a city-based hospital this December, just before Christmas. Also known as Jack Shah, because he married Hashu Shah four decades ago, Craggs has an indomitable spirit and wishes to live to 100.
Craggs had come from Nairobi with his wife Hashu, 71, for her treatment. But on November 8, he fell ill and was immediately taken to a hospital near Adalaj, where doctors diagnosed cardiac issues. He was then shifted to a private hospital in Sola and doctors found a critical block in the left main artery of his heart.
“All heart arteries were very calcified and bypass surgery was the only option. But as he was 90 years old, doctors were hesitant and apprehensive about complications,” said Dr Keyur Parikh, cardiologist of the private hospital.
“It was Craggs who inspired us to conduct the surgery,” said Dr Parikh.
The surgery was conducted successfully on December 23 by cardiac surgeons Dr Dhiren Shah and Dr Manan Desai. Craggs is currently recovering to enjoy his new lease of life.
“Open heart surgery can be done at any age provided the patient is mentally ready and has a will to live. Craggs has a strong desire to complete 100 years,” said Dr Shah.