By BELINDA F SCOTT
TREVOR Henderson is alive today thanks to the Nana Glen Heartstart team, actor Russell Crowe ? and his mobile phone.
And Mr Henderson wants to put on record his gratitude to the country town initiative that has given him another lease on life and the actor whose thoughtful gift meant they had the equipment to do it.
"I wouldn't be here today except for them," he said from his Coffs Harbour hospital bed yesterday.
He is now waiting for a bed to become available in a Sydney hospital so he can undergo an operation to clear a blocked artery and his prognosis is so good that he expects to be able to return to full-time work after his operation and a recovery period.
The 61-year-old butcher, who lives in the country near Nana Glen, had keyed the Heartstart contact number into his mobile phone, like many other Nana Glen residents, although he had no reason to suspect he would need the service.
So he was able to make a call when he suffered a massive heart attack at his home on Monday afternoon.
At the time he was alone except for his wife, Maree, who has been confined to a wheelchair and has had limited movement since she suffered massive injuries in a car accident on Bucca Road 10 years ago.
Mr Henderson was helping his wife in the bathroom when he first began 'feeling funny' but he managed to make it into the lounge room before he began feeling 'really crook' and to dial his daughter to call an ambulance and contact Heartstart before he collapsed to the floor and passed
The next thing he remembers is waking up in Coffs Harbour base hospital but medical staff said because of the distance from town, he would not have survived except for the work of the Nana Glen Heartstart team, who arrived within two minutes and began work on Mr Henderson with the defibrillator donated to the group by Russell Crowe.
The defibrillator is one of three donated to Orara Valley rescue services by the actor, who has a home outside Nana Glen.
When Mr Henderson woke up, his first thought was for his wife, who had been badly frightened by his heart attack.
She had been equally anxious about him.
"He works too hard," Maree Henderson said.
When she gets him back home, she says she won't let him do so much work.