Former MP resting after two heart attacks
Bill Casey is resting comfortably after suffering a pair of heart attacks within hours at this Tidnish area cottage.
AMHERST – Bill Casey is trying not to make a habit out of cheating death.
The 68-year-old former Conservative and Independent MP for Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley is out of the hospital after suffering two heart attacks within hours at his cottage near Tidnish earlier this month.
“I’m resting comfortably and doing exactly what the doctors are telling me to do,” Casey said Tuesday. “I can’t get over how the health care system worked for me when I needed it most. I’m so impressed and so grateful for how seamless it was and what how the system worked.”
The heart attacks came just a few years after he beat both malignant melanoma and prostate cancer.
Casey said he was at his cottage the morning of Aug. 2 preparing to go diving and snorkeling with a friend when the strangest feeling came over him.
“I thought I’d be the last one to have a heart attack because I’ve always been so active,” Casey said. “I was sitting in my rocking chair checking the tides and the weather and I had the weirdest feeling come over me. I didn’t know what it was but I knew something was wrong.”
Casey said he called his neighbour to let him know that he wasn’t feeling good and asked him to check on his conditions later. The neighbour was insistent that he come over immediately and Casey believes it probably saved his life.
The former MP called 911 and the Tidnish Fire Department was quickly on scene to provide him with oxygen until EHS paramedics arrived a short time later. He was taken to hospital in Amherst and later to Halifax where he underwent a procedure to have two stents put in his chest.
“They told me that one artery was 100 per cent blocked and the other one was close to 100 per cent (blocked),” Casey said. “I saw with my own eyes how it was blocked before and what it looked like after. To me it’s a miracle.”
Casey said he was impressed with how the system worked from the fire department, to the paramedics, to the doctors and nurses in Amherst and Halifax.
“There was a team of doctors, who were educated around the world and practicing in Nova Scotia and an excellent group of nurses, who came to this province from one end of the country to the other,” he said. “They all worked together and it was a good ending. “
Casey has been out of politics since early 2009 when he retired from the House of Commons to take a position as Nova Scotia’s senior representative in Ottawa.