GREAT North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle has vowed to ‘make the most of every moment’ as he awaits a vital heart surgery date.
The dad-of-four suffered a heart attack last November and was set to go on the operating table at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital for complex cardiac surgery on April 25.
But the 57-year-old’s surgery date has been put back to May 2 to allow a specialist in the field – Dr Mohaned Egred – to be free to oversee the operation.
The former Harton Technology College teacher is planning on visiting his native Scotland this weekend before his all-important hospital appointment.
Mr Carlisle said: “It is a very worrying time for me. May 2 can’t come soon enough.
“I have been told there is a mortality rate of 1 in 25. I told my doctor i will be the 24th. You need to keep a sense of humour and remain positive.
“I will be going back to Scotland at the weekend as I don’t know if it will be the last time I get to go. My home town is Dunfermline and I want to have a drive around there. You have got to make the most of every moment.
“I am staying positive. I have always said the Freeman is, in my opinion, the best in the world and I will have one of the best specalists, if not the best, in the country caring for me.”
With the Great North Dog Walk back on the start line in June and an ever-expanding family to enjoy, Mr Carlisle is hoping successful surgery will be the start of a bright new chapter in his life.
Mr Carlisle became a grandad for the first time on January 31 when son AJ Elliott and partner Ashley Clark, 23, welcomed son Lawson into the world.
Little over a month later, Tony became a dad again when partner Nicola gave birth to little girl Taylor Skye on March 1.
Mr Carlisle is now hoping for many more years of cherished family memories after his operation D-day finally arrives.
He will then focus adding to the near £5m raised for good causes at the latest edition of the Great North Run at The Leas, in South Shields, on Sunday, June 8.
For more information on the walk, visit www.greatnorthdogwalk.co.uk