Being a regular horse player saved life of English retiree

Sep 20, 2017 9:39 AM

Being a regular horseplayer at an English betting shop apparently saved the life a retiree when employees noticed he had failed to place his twice-daily £1 bet.

Retired chicken factory worker Michael Base, 72, spent four days in a diabetic coma before being found by two workers from the bookmakers shop in Norfolk.

Bookie Betfred staffers Jamie Scales and Jack Bell became worried when Base, a regular for 13 years, did not visit the bet shop for several days. Scales and Bell went to Base’s home, and when they got no answer they looked through a window and saw the tartan bag he always carried with him. The duo then called police who rushed Base to a local hospital.

Base spent a month in hospital care and is now being looked after at a residential facility, according to local media reports.

Base told the UK’s Independent newspaper, “I don't think Jamie and Jack saved my life, I know they did.”

He added, “I don't really know how I ended up on the floor in a coma at home but it was obviously to do with my diabetes. I was only a few yards from my tablets but couldn't reach them.”