My operation in France: Pacemaker

John Langley had a Pacemaker fitted
John Langley needed a pacemaker

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France – and how they found the health service, by Gillian Harvey

Former engineer John Langley, 86, moved to central France in 2014 with his daughter Dawn and her family.

He was in good health and living in the town of Descartes, near Tours in Indre-et-Loire, until he experienced a dizzy spell in December 2016 and his daughter had to call in the paramedics.

Initial symptoms

Other than struggling to eat as much as I used to, I had been feeling completely normal. However, on New Year’s Eve morning, I got up as usual, had some breakfast and went to sit down.

Suddenly my head just started spinning. I remember thinking “this is it,” but at the same time I was thinking “this isn’t a bad way ...

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