Phil Taylor cheats death, announces his retirement
PROMINENT Murwillumbah businessman Phil Taylor nearly died on Tuesday after suffering two heart attacks.
Ironically, 'Mr Murwillumbah' suffered the first attack just hours before he was due to be interviewed by the Tweed Daily News about his plans to close his business Taylor Made Cars, after more than 30 years of operation, and retire.
Mr Taylor says this health scare will now mean his plans to lease out the Prospero St premises will be fast-tracked after he's thinned out his existing vehicle stock.
Doctors have advised he will have to undergo open heart surgery due to one valve being blocked.
The 66-year-old had his first turn early on Tuesday morning at home then a second more serious attack while he was at Tweed Hospital.
Mr Taylor had gone to the hospital at the insistence of a police officer to get a certificate to explain why he couldn't appear as a witness in Tweed Local Court that morning.
He credits the police officer with saving his life.
"If I'd had that at home I wouldn't have had a hope," he says.
"I would have just had a cup of tea and a lie-down."
Mr Taylor believes the stress of his battles with the council over the last two years and running his business have caught up with him.
On Tuesday Mr Taylor had been due to testify in court against a man charged with stealing one of his cars.
His cancer diagnosis in November 2013 aside, Mr Taylor thought his health was travelling well.
"I'm a skinny guy and I've never drank or smoked so I thought I was pretty healthy," he said speaking from his bed in the Tweed Hospital coronary care unit.
"But I know I've not felt well over the last few months."
Mr Taylor was due to be transferred to Gold Coast Hospital as soon as a bed became available.
He said he had been fielding lots of phone calls and visitors since his health scare.