R-Comp Dad suffers 'major' heart attackPublished: 11th Oct 2006, 21:30:10 | Permalink | Printable
[Updated] R-Comp product updates held backR-Comp's Allan Rawnsley is tonight recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire. Allan, right, who is regularly seen at RISC OS shows with his wife Diane and son Andrew, was rushed into hospital shortly before 5.50pm on Tuesday. He is now said to be recuperating in a stable and safe condition.
Minutes before the attack, Andrew was chatting to Qercus editor John Cartmell on the telephone when he dropped the handset as his father suddenly fell ill, it is understood. An ambulance reportedly arrived within minutes.
While R-Comp had no plans to appear at this month's northern road show, they were due to appear at the South East show in Guildford at the end of the October. R-Comp product support will be understandably disrupted in the coming weeks.
R-Comp's Andrew Rawnsley said this evening that some imminent product releases will be pushed back to a later show.
He said: "Allan's heart attack was described by the doctors as fairly major, but he is currently 'stable' or 'comfortable' depending on who you ask. He's awake, and seems fairly content, so that's a good sign, I hope. The main risk is the chance of a secondary attack, but all things being well, he'll be up and around in a couple of weeks.
"Regarding the show, right now its up in the air. We have a hotel booked and stand paid up, but Allan and Di won't be able to attend. Allan does the physical stuff and driving usually - neither Di or I are really 'healthy' people at the best of times. I am hoping I may be able to rope in some help, but we'll see."
Last night well wishers sent messages of support to R-Comp.
MessengerPro user Doug Webb said: "I'm sure that there will be others like myself who look forward to seeing the R-Comp family at the shows. I wish Alan a speedy recovery and thoughts to his family."
Another added: "Having been through the same mill, I can empathise with Allan. I offer him and his family all my best wishes and hopes for a speedy and well-managed recovery."
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