Jimmy Greaves praises NHS after ‘mini-stroke’
PUBLISHED: 08:44 26 February 2012 | UPDATED: 10:15 26 February 2012
Former England footballer Jimmy Greaves is on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke...and has praised the NHS.
The 72-year-old former Spurs and West Ham star spent two nights in hospital and underwent neck surgery after falling ill at his home in Chelmsford.
East Ham-born has since been discharged and says he is feeling as fit as ever.
“I had a mini-stroke but just weeks later I’m honestly feeling better than I have in year. I’m as fit as a butcher’s dog,” Jimmy told The People.
Doctors at Broomfield Hospital discovered Jimmy had suffered a transient ischaemic attack.
They performed a successful operation on an artery in his neck before giving him the all-clear.
Jimmy added: “I’m out and about, enjoying life to the full. I lost a stone, which I needed to do and it’s made me feel a lot younger.
“If anyone complains about the NHS don’t believe a word of it. The people who looked after me couldn’t have been any more professional or caring.”
Jimmy who has been on tour with football friends with a stand-up show for the last two years, is England’s third top scorer of all-time, though Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker played more games to beat his total. Most regard him as the country’s greatest goalscorer of all time.