Thursday 20 July 2017

Bet worth losing to live for 100 years

Con McLaughlin, who underwent surgery for bowel cancer and afterwards bet his surgeon €10 he wouldn't see
another birthday, is happy to have lost the bet and celebrated his centenary recently
Con McLaughlin, who underwent surgery for bowel cancer and afterwards bet his surgeon €10 he wouldn't see another birthday, is happy to have lost the bet and celebrated his centenary recently

Elaine Keogh

IT is a bet that 100-year-old Con McLaughlin is only too happy to lose. The retired school teacher owes his surgeon €10 after admitting last year he was afraid he wouldn't see his next birthday following major surgery for bowel cancer.

But his surgeon was so confident he placed a tongue-in-cheek bet with him. "I owe the man €10 because we each bet €5. . . he is not stuck for a few bob, though," Mr McLaughlin laughed at his home in Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday.

He is now going to design a special €10 note and his doctor is going to frame it and hang it up in his office, "to prove to people that you shouldn't write somebody off because of their age".

Mr McLaughlin had the surgery in March and spent five months in St James's Hospital, Dublin. However, he was discharged just in time to celebrate his centenary on August 28.

He attributes his good health, to "love, it is the mainstay of anybody's life". However, he admitted to a tipple of Jameson whiskey "before dinner each day".

Irish Independent

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