Liz Dawn: I'm lucky to be alive

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 May 2013
Liz Dawn

Liz Dawn

Former 'Coronation Street' star Liz Dawn feels "very lucky" to be alive after she suffered a heart attack last month

Former 'Coronation Street' star Liz Dawn feels "very lucky" to be alive.

The 73-year-old actress - who played Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap for 34 years - has praised the NHS doctors and nurses who cared for her after she suffered a heart attack last month, and claims it's all thanks to them that she's still here today.

She explained: "I was taken to A&E and then the heart department. The doctors still don't know what caused it but I am just glad to be OK.

"I've had a lot of messages and get well cards from people. I'm a lot better now and I'm up and dressed. I just feel very lucky."

Liz first fell ill whilst holidaying in Spain and upon her arrival back in the UK was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester on April 29 after her chest pain worsened.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News newspaper, she said: "I have a lot of praise for Wythenshawe Hospital, the staff there were very good."

The actress - who left the show in 2008 after being diagnosed with emphysema as a result of 50 years of smoking - was released from hospital earlier this month and is continuing to recover at home, where she watched her former colleagues on the cobbles pick up the Best Soap gong at the British Soap Awards earlier this month.

Speaking of the achievement, she said: "I was so pleased for everyone from Coronation Street' when they won that award."

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