Just before the Chrism Mass started, Eddie collapsed with a suspected heart problem and received emergency treatment from a doctor and nurses from the congregation who used a Cathedral defibrillator on him before paramedics arrived and took him to hospital.
Bishop Alan visited Eddie in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital the following day and gave him Holy Communion.
The tests on Eddie at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and then at the Royal Papworth Hospital where he was transferred showed that he had not had a heart attack and was given the all clear on his heart.
Eddie’s wife Pat said: The cause is still unknown as to why Eddie collapsed but he is still attending outpatient appointments for more tests. He is recovering slowly but surely and with all your prayers he will be ready to serve the Lord again soon. It is still a difficult time but we are sure with the grace of God things will work out for the best.
We would like to thank our dear Lord and Mother Mary for helping us through this difficult time. Also Bishop Alan for his prayers and concern about Eddie, we are so humbled to have such a caring bishop.
We would also like to thank the priest who anointed Eddie at the Cathedral, Fr Seelan for arranging with a family for me to stay with, Emily & George Mathew who were such a loving and caring family who cared for me and Eddie.
Fr Laurie who visited Eddie at the hospital, Ellen Kemp and Brother Jarek who comforted me throughout the ordeal, Jean Grimbly for accompanying me and staying with me at the hospital till my family arrived. To the doctor, nurses, the ambulance crew, the police and hospital staff.
Last but not least we would like to thank Fr Karol our parish priest and Fr Ivan and all the parishioners of the Sacred Heart Church in St Ives for all their prayers, kind wishes, Masses and all their care and support.
Pictured above is Eddie Francis, now on the road to recovery.