“He’s one of God’s better people” Consultant Mark Stacey is Crowned Our Latest Health Hero

The consultant anaesthetist was nominated by patient Gwenllian Hill who almost died when she was a teenager.

Consultant anaesthetist Mark Stacey has been crowned our latest Health Hero

An experienced consultant who has saved countless lives at Wales’ largest hospital has been crowned our latest Health Hero.

Dr Mark Stacey, who works as a consultant anaesthetist at the University Hospital of Wales, was described as an "angel" by the patient who nominated him for the accolade.

The dad-of-three, from Whitchurch, Cardiff , works in both intensive care medicine and obstetric anaesthesia and regularly looks after women who are suffering distress during childbirth.

‘Incredibly humbled’

He said he felt "incredibly humbled" when he was told he’d been chosen to become a Health Hero.

"The patients are amazing. It’s a very interesting job and the work varies on a daily basis.

"There are times when you can make such an enormous difference to people’s lives and their families."

The 53-year-old was nominated by mum Gwenllian Hill, also from Whitchurch, who claims the consultant saved her life twice.

She said: "I first met Dr Stacey in 1995 when I was 14 years old. I had multiple organ failure and he helped save my life in the intensive care unit.

"Then when I was 24 I became pregnant with my first child. I was very poorly and had severe breathing difficulties which had previously been diagnosed as asthma.

"But Dr Stacey met me and correctly diagnosed me with a dangerously narrow airway and I needed emergency surgery to survive.

"He was present at all three of my births and it’s thanks to him that me and my children are here today."

‘A reassuring face’

She described Dr Stacey as a "wonderful man" who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for her.

"He has a very calming nature and he’s always been a very reassuring face. He puts his heart and soul into your care," she added.

"He has been a complete angel for me