by Maggie Wilkingson
Copyright 2011 Maggie Wilkingson
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Outside the surgery Michael leant heavily against the iron railings. Despite the warm April sunshine he felt cold. The roar of the London traffic was deadened by the words pounding in his head. ‘Heart attack’. His throat and chest felt tight making it difficult to breathe. A shadow of panic spread through his limbs, his hands were damp. He thrust them deep into his jacket pockets throwing it out of shape. His broad shoulders slumped. His face was pallid behind the neatly clipped beard. The sudden realisation of the doctor's words hit him in one blow. Up until now he had ignored the implications. He knew he'd had a heart attack, but somehow it didn't mean for him, what it inevitably meant for others.