SCOTTISH golfing champion Bernard Gallacher has revealed he cannot
remember the heart attack that almost killed him.
The Ryder Cup winning captain, from Bathgate, had a massive coronary
as he was about to give an after-dinner speech at an Aberdeen hotel in
Gallacher, 64, said he had no memory of events leading up to the ordeal.
He spent a week in intensive care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after
medics had to restart his heart three times as they fought to save him
from a cardiac arrest.
The golfing legend said his last memory of that period was leaving
Spain, where he had been on holiday with wife, Lesley.
“The doctors say that losing your memory like I did, which was due to
the oxygen deprivation I suffered whilst in cardiac arrest, is like a
safety mechanism in the brain,” he said.
“They say it’s normal in these circumstances.”
Gallacher said he had been told by doctors that his fitness and
strength kept him alive after his heart stopped beating three times on
the way to hospital.