I ‘died for 17 mins’ when op went wrong, docs wanted to turn off life support


A FOOTBALLER who died for 17 minutes when a heart op went wrong has pulled through and got engaged. 

Brooklyn Peakman, 20, proposed to girlfriend Ellie Spencer, 18, before a life-saving transplant “in case his new heart didn’t love her”. 


Brooklyn Peakman has pulled through after dying for 17 minutesCredit: WNS
Goalkeeper Brooklyn, pictured with mum Kelly


Goalkeeper Brooklyn, pictured with mum KellyCredit: WNS

The goalkeeper was left in a coma after dying twice during a 19-hour operation to replace his faulty heart valve last year. 

He survived despite his family being told the chances were slim and came out of the coma at Christmas.

But he needed an urgent heart transplant, the Mirror reported.

Brooklyn, of Prestatyn, Denbighshire, said: “After they told me I needed a new heart, I told Ellie we’d better get engaged – just in case my new heart didn’t love her.

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“It turns out my new heart loves her as much as the old one.

“I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle and call her my wife. It’ll be a day I didn’t think I’d get to see.”

Two life-saving operations were cancelled and he finally got his new heart on St. Patrick’s Day, and nicknamed it Paddy.

He proposed after the first failed attempt.  

Ellie said: “He smiled when I said yes, I think it relaxed him. He was quite anxious after coming so close to death.

“I wanted him to go down for his transplant knowing how much I loved him. My focus for now is getting him fully recovered.”

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Mum Kelly added: “We went through a see-saw of emotions, worried he might decline and be taken off the transplant list.”

The op means he cannot play football anymore but he still wants to be a coach, adding: “I’ll be able to do lots I couldn’t before my op.”


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