Blackburn Rovers fan risks life to watch East Lancs derby

Rovers fan Wayne

Rovers fans go through all the emotions

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WAYNE Hall’s credentials as a diehard Rovers fan will now never be in doubt - after he ignored repeated pleas from doctors and checked himself out of hospital to attend the East Lancashire derby.

The 28-year-old from Whitebirk had been taken to the Royal Blackburn with suspected appendicitis last weekend, and medics made repeated pleas for him to remain under their care, as they feared for his life if his appendix was to burst.

The Leicester Road resident had suffered sharp pains in his stomach the day before the match and was struggling to breathe, so his girlfriend called an out-of-hours doctor, who advised he should go straight to the emergency department.

Wayne said: “When we got to hospital on the Saturday night they said it was either appendicitis or gall stones, but they couldn’t do the operation until Monday.

"They wanted to keep me in so they could monitor things and have me on medication, but I just felt it was pointless when nothing was going to happen till the Monday, so I told them I wanted to go to the match.

“Some of the staff got quite worried and they tried about 20 or 30 times to persuade me to stay, but I wasn’t going to miss a Rovers-Burnley game. I’ve not missed one since I started going to the football as a kid.”

Wayne, who works for a firm which sells discount books, eventually discharged himself that night and took up his place in the Jack Walker stand on the Sunday afternoon, armed with a packet of codeine to ease the pain.

He said: “I was hurting a lot and it was hard to breathe, and I think the nerves and excitement made it worse. Plus I couldn’t sit down, as everyone stands up to watch the derby. But I got through the match and in the end I was just gutted that we lost.”

Thankfully Wayne’s condition did not deteriorate, and he returned to hospital on the Monday morning to resume treatment.

He said: “When I went back in they found an abscess with fluid around it, like an infection, so it was more serious than I thought. But I had my appendix removed on the Tuesday and it was all okay, and I got out of hospital on Friday.”

His sister Leanne, who contacted the Lancashire Telegraph about the story, said her brother had proved himself to be a ‘true Rovers fan in sickness and health’.

Dr Ian Stanley, interim medical director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Although Wayne is clearly passionate about his team, we cannot condone anyone leaving against medical advice.”

The Lancashire Telegraph's health expert Dr Tom Smith said: “Checking yourself out of hospital while you are being treated for this kind of illness is a very stupid thing to do, especially if you are going to a football match.It could have proved fatal if he had not got to hospital in time.”

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2:13pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mavrick says...

What would have happened if he had stayed in? was there no surgeon to operate if had been a burst appendix? I would have left as well. The reason he left was foolish but if he had to wait until Monday it could not have been that serious. I thought the ELHT had recruited extra doctors. worrying.
What would have happened if he had stayed in? was there no surgeon to operate if had been a burst appendix? I would have left as well. The reason he left was foolish but if he had to wait until Monday it could not have been that serious. I thought the ELHT had recruited extra doctors. worrying. mavrick
  • Score: -2

2:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Well he must have gone back in with egg on his face.
Well he must have gone back in with egg on his face. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 7

2:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Through 2 pain barriers in one day!


Priceless!
Through 2 pain barriers in one day! Priceless! Steven Seagull
  • Score: 10

2:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mmickk says...

It might well have stopped him getting MRSA the less time spent in a hospital the better for your health!
It might well have stopped him getting MRSA the less time spent in a hospital the better for your health! mmickk
  • Score: 2

2:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Absolutely priceless - what a braindead gonk.

Hope it was worth it Wayne.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Absolutely priceless - what a braindead gonk. Hope it was worth it Wayne. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 8

3:11pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Wayno222 says...

Still was worth going for the atmosphere and not really braindead just appendicitis!!
Still was worth going for the atmosphere and not really braindead just appendicitis!! Wayno222
  • Score: -3

3:31pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Wayno222 wrote:
Still was worth going for the atmosphere and not really braindead just appendicitis!!
You could have asked them to remove that soiled rag from your chest while you were there!
[quote][p][bold]Wayno222[/bold] wrote: Still was worth going for the atmosphere and not really braindead just appendicitis!![/p][/quote]You could have asked them to remove that soiled rag from your chest while you were there! Steven Seagull
  • Score: 8

3:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Dr Zhivago says...

You couldn't make it up. No appendix, no brain, no eleven match unbeaten record.
Truly stunning.
You couldn't make it up. No appendix, no brain, no eleven match unbeaten record. Truly stunning. Dr Zhivago
  • Score: 9

3:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

The Trust should have made him pay for the operation when he returned. Stupid is as stupid does!
The Trust should have made him pay for the operation when he returned. Stupid is as stupid does! Darren1951
  • Score: 17

3:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

George Khan says...

Shankly once said, ‘Football is more important than life or death’
The great Scotsman had his tongue firmly in cheek
Now we get this dim putter striving to worsen his health
To see his beloved Rovers lead and then leak
It’s a surprise that this putter didn’t rupture his appendix
And discover that football is not as important as made out to be
I personally think him turning up for the game was a jinx
Desperation had a twisted effect and his presence defeated victory
Shankly once said, ‘Football is more important than life or death’ The great Scotsman had his tongue firmly in cheek Now we get this dim putter striving to worsen his health To see his beloved Rovers lead and then leak It’s a surprise that this putter didn’t rupture his appendix And discover that football is not as important as made out to be I personally think him turning up for the game was a jinx Desperation had a twisted effect and his presence defeated victory George Khan
  • Score: 10

3:58pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

I think the picture tells us all we need to know about him!
I think the picture tells us all we need to know about him! Darren1951
  • Score: 14

3:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

rudis_dad says...

What an absolute flange. I suppose next thing he'll be whinging and moaning about the state of the NHS. Typical no-dad knuckle-dragger. #UTC
What an absolute flange. I suppose next thing he'll be whinging and moaning about the state of the NHS. Typical no-dad knuckle-dragger. #UTC rudis_dad
  • Score: 9

6:10pm Tue 18 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

Shame on the LT for giving this numpty the time of day, what a divvy!
Shame on the LT for giving this numpty the time of day, what a divvy! useyourhead
  • Score: 10

7:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

It would have been nice to be able to comment on the Islamic teacher that's just been given a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a pupil.

Fcuking unbelievable.
It would have been nice to be able to comment on the Islamic teacher that's just been given a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a pupil. Fcuking unbelievable. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 7

9:01pm Tue 18 Mar 14

leyton says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Well he must have gone back in with egg on his face.
jeez this cretinous moron has too join in every story .he's worse than the thick jibb who went on the match.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Well he must have gone back in with egg on his face.[/p][/quote]jeez this cretinous moron has too join in every story .he's worse than the thick jibb who went on the match. leyton
  • Score: -2

9:16pm Tue 18 Mar 14

icannotrace says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
It would have been nice to be able to comment on the Islamic teacher that's just been given a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a pupil.

Fcuking unbelievable.
You can if you go to Daily Mail Online there was over 1000 comments last time I looked earlier
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: It would have been nice to be able to comment on the Islamic teacher that's just been given a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a pupil. Fcuking unbelievable.[/p][/quote]You can if you go to Daily Mail Online there was over 1000 comments last time I looked earlier icannotrace
  • Score: 4

11:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

leyton wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Well he must have gone back in with egg on his face.
jeez this cretinous moron has too join in every story .he's worse than the thick jibb who went on the match.
"has TOO join in every story"?

Oh dear, stupidity personified.

Make sure you flush the bleach out of the toilet before you go drinking from it.
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Well he must have gone back in with egg on his face.[/p][/quote]jeez this cretinous moron has too join in every story .he's worse than the thick jibb who went on the match.[/p][/quote]"has TOO join in every story"? Oh dear, stupidity personified. Make sure you flush the bleach out of the toilet before you go drinking from it. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 0

11:41pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Malthus says...

What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.
What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article. Malthus
  • Score: 3

9:38am Wed 19 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

"WAYNE Hall’s credentials as a diehard Rovers fan will now never be in doubt"
Nor will his credentials for being a stupid, selfish moron.
"WAYNE Hall’s credentials as a diehard Rovers fan will now never be in doubt" Nor will his credentials for being a stupid, selfish moron. Darren1951
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

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  • Score: 0

3:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Wayno222 says...

Darren can you tell me how I was selfish for freeing up a bed for somebody that may have been in a lot worse situation than I was? I was later told when my bloods came back (before signing myself out) that in there opinion it wasn't my appendix so I didn't see it as being so serious at the time, it turned out to be and abscess with infection and my appendix was taken out anyway. Sick of people saying I deserved to die and so on. People coming out with comments like that is fair? And if you knew me you would know I'm not selfish whatsoever and I'm being judged by people who do not know me nor my situation.
Darren can you tell me how I was selfish for freeing up a bed for somebody that may have been in a lot worse situation than I was? I was later told when my bloods came back (before signing myself out) that in there opinion it wasn't my appendix so I didn't see it as being so serious at the time, it turned out to be and abscess with infection and my appendix was taken out anyway. Sick of people saying I deserved to die and so on. People coming out with comments like that is fair? And if you knew me you would know I'm not selfish whatsoever and I'm being judged by people who do not know me nor my situation. Wayno222
  • Score: 3

5:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

KN@@HEAD!!!!
KN@@HEAD!!!! mark anthony
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

Wayno222 wrote:
Darren can you tell me how I was selfish for freeing up a bed for somebody that may have been in a lot worse situation than I was? I was later told when my bloods came back (before signing myself out) that in there opinion it wasn't my appendix so I didn't see it as being so serious at the time, it turned out to be and abscess with infection and my appendix was taken out anyway. Sick of people saying I deserved to die and so on. People coming out with comments like that is fair? And if you knew me you would know I'm not selfish whatsoever and I'm being judged by people who do not know me nor my situation.
Easy - you totally ignored advice given to you "in best faith" by highly qualified and experienced medical professionals. You "didn't see it as being so serious"? So, in which institution did you undertake YOUR medical training? If you're ever in a similar situation in the future, you may not be so lucky. Still, I suppose it'll strengthen the gene pool by a tiny margin.
[quote][p][bold]Wayno222[/bold] wrote: Darren can you tell me how I was selfish for freeing up a bed for somebody that may have been in a lot worse situation than I was? I was later told when my bloods came back (before signing myself out) that in there opinion it wasn't my appendix so I didn't see it as being so serious at the time, it turned out to be and abscess with infection and my appendix was taken out anyway. Sick of people saying I deserved to die and so on. People coming out with comments like that is fair? And if you knew me you would know I'm not selfish whatsoever and I'm being judged by people who do not know me nor my situation.[/p][/quote]Easy - you totally ignored advice given to you "in best faith" by highly qualified and experienced medical professionals. You "didn't see it as being so serious"? So, in which institution did you undertake YOUR medical training? If you're ever in a similar situation in the future, you may not be so lucky. Still, I suppose it'll strengthen the gene pool by a tiny margin. Darren1951
  • Score: 0

2:58am Thu 20 Mar 14

FrankieMarew says...

Ah the price of fame eh mate!! Yes you should have stayed in hospital (especially as we lost!) but to have people saying you ought to die is bang out of order. Says more about them than it does about you. Never mind the keyboard heroes and haters anyway, let em spit their dummies out and guess at what sort of person you are, gives em a purpose I suppose. The people who ACTUALLY know you can testify that you're a good guy.
Ah the price of fame eh mate!! Yes you should have stayed in hospital (especially as we lost!) but to have people saying you ought to die is bang out of order. Says more about them than it does about you. Never mind the keyboard heroes and haters anyway, let em spit their dummies out and guess at what sort of person you are, gives em a purpose I suppose. The people who ACTUALLY know you can testify that you're a good guy. FrankieMarew
  • Score: 1

9:47am Thu 20 Mar 14

shawey72 says...

Malthus wrote:
What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.
he "deserves to die"!!!! What an absolute moron you are! He didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time and he thought that he was doing the right thing....how does anyone deserve to die for that (or for any other reason, for that matter)
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.[/p][/quote]he "deserves to die"!!!! What an absolute moron you are! He didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time and he thought that he was doing the right thing....how does anyone deserve to die for that (or for any other reason, for that matter) shawey72
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

shawey72 wrote:
Malthus wrote:
What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.
he "deserves to die"!!!! What an absolute moron you are! He didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time and he thought that he was doing the right thing....how does anyone deserve to die for that (or for any other reason, for that matter)
I could think of at least one person that deserves to die shawey!!! Fat b@st@rd salesman ;)
[quote][p][bold]shawey72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.[/p][/quote]he "deserves to die"!!!! What an absolute moron you are! He didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time and he thought that he was doing the right thing....how does anyone deserve to die for that (or for any other reason, for that matter)[/p][/quote]I could think of at least one person that deserves to die shawey!!! Fat b@st@rd salesman ;) GracesDad
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Thu 20 Mar 14

shawey72 says...

GracesDad wrote:
shawey72 wrote:
Malthus wrote:
What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.
he "deserves to die"!!!! What an absolute moron you are! He didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time and he thought that he was doing the right thing....how does anyone deserve to die for that (or for any other reason, for that matter)
I could think of at least one person that deserves to die shawey!!! Fat b@st@rd salesman ;)
hahaha ssshhhhh you!!! ;)
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shawey72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: What a fool. This man deserves to die of peritonitis. How much could this irresponsible act have cost the taxpayer if thing would have gone badly? I really cannot understand why the Lancashire Telegraph is trying to put, via it's headline. a heroic spin on this article.[/p][/quote]he "deserves to die"!!!! What an absolute moron you are! He didn't know the seriousness of the situation at the time and he thought that he was doing the right thing....how does anyone deserve to die for that (or for any other reason, for that matter)[/p][/quote]I could think of at least one person that deserves to die shawey!!! Fat b@st@rd salesman ;)[/p][/quote]hahaha ssshhhhh you!!! ;) shawey72
  • Score: 0

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