A karaoke singer suffered a massive brain haemorrhage as she prepared to belt out her favourite song in a Paisley pub.
Elizabeth McClymont collapsed as she got ready to sing Meatloaf’s classic Paradise By The Dashboard Light at the Anchor Bar.
She was rushed to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where doctors warned her husband Graham that her condition was critical.
But just six months after the terrifying ordeal the 43-year-old is back on the microphone after making a miraculous recovery.
The drama unfolded while Elizabeth was enjoying a night out with her husband of 14 years.
The 48-year-old long distance lorry driver had started to video his wife as she got set to sing.
Graham explained: “I was taking a video of her on my mobile and just saw her drop to the ground.
“I was absolutely terrified.
“She had suffered a brain aneurysm. Doctors told me only one in three people survive what she had. She’s so lucky
to be alive.”
Elizabeth went on to be treated in the neurological ward at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where doctors coiled the aneurysm to prevent blood from clotting in the brain.
She was released 10 days later, after astonishing medics
by making an impressive recovery.
She will now have brain scans on a semi-regular basis to keep an eye on her condition.
But Elizabeth, who works for Mearns After School Care (MACS), is unwilling to let the incident last September deter her.
And last night the couple from Kelburn Drive, Paisley, returned to their favourite pub to perform karaoke.
“You can’t let these things affect you or stop you from having fun,” Elizabeth explained.
“To tell you the truth, I can’t even sing. I always do the same song by Meatloaf.
“I don’t event have to put my name up anymore, the DJ just calls me up because he knows I’ll sing anway.
“The Anchor Bar is a great wee pub, I have a right laugh with everyone in there.”
Doting husband Graham, insists that the care Elizabeth received at hospital was second to none, and has now gone the extra mile to say thank you to staff for saving his wife’s life.
He organised a charity night at Paisley’s Abercorn Bowling Club, raising over £2,300 to donate to the ward.
He told: “The staff and nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital were absolutely fantastic and if it wasn’t for them, my wife wouldn’t be here.
“That’s why I wanted to raise money, as a way to try and repay them for everything that they have done.”
Around 140 friends, family and Anchor Bar pub-goers attended the fundraiser night on Saturday, February 25, filling the venue to capacity.
Elizabeth and Graham received a £600 grant from the Anchor Bar, which paid for the hall and the DJ.
Graham, who is good friends with Anchor Bar owner Michelle Purden, said staff and punters from the pub had shown amazing support.
He said: “Michelle and all our friends from the pub have been so kind.
“They’ve made generous donations to the raffle and brought Elizabeth pyjamas and flowers when she was in hospital.”
The couple also received £520 fund towards the charity night from Elizabeth’s work MACS, where she has been employed looking after school kids for 25 years.
After creating a Facebook event for the fundraiser, the Paisley couple pair received a flurry of kind donations which were auctioned-off as prizes on the night, including signed Rangers and Manchester United footballs, a cashmere rug worth £600, a three-piece suit worth £400 and the use of a sporty BMW for the weekend – plus large amounts of bottles, jewellery, food and vouchers.
Graham said: “We were bowled over with the kindness and support we received. It was amazing.
“People were so generous that we reached the point we had to start doubling up some raffle prizes, giving three bottles as one prize, for example.
“All together the charity night and raffle raised £2,308.32.”
Elizabeth is back working full time and Graham said he is over the moon to see his wife in good health again.
He added: “I call her my ‘wee General’’. She’s been through a lot but she’s a fighter.
“She always bounces back.”
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