LATEST: AUSTRALIA Zoo founder Bob Irwin is “doing well” and on the road to recovery after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.
He is resting in a private Brisbane hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home near Kingaroy on Sunday night.
Mr Irwin’s wife Judy said he was now stable and has asked for privacy.
“He suffered a large heart attack but is currently stable in ICU,” Mrs Irwin said in a statement.
“We would appreciate respect for our privacy so that Bob may make a full and speedy recovery.”
She also thanked staff at Kingaroy hospital and the RFDS for “the wonderful care provided”.
Mr Irwin was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after suffering a serious heart attack at his home near Kingaroy.
The 69-year-old father of internationally renowned Crocodile Hunter Steve was reportedly driven by ambulance, with lights and sirens blaring, to Kingaroy Hospital about 8pm on Sunday.
Several hours later the popular Irwin patriarch was taken to the town’s airport.
He was airlifted by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to a private specialist cardiac hospital in Brisbane.
The Daily understands that Mr Irwin’s wife Judy called 000 from the couple’s 259ha property, Wattle Camp, just after 7pm.
Mr Irwin was believed to be complaining of chest pains.
However, he remained conscious as he and Judy waited for paramedics to arrive, reports said.
Bob and Judy have lived at the property, about half an hour by road from Kingaroy, since 2008.
Even before they moved from the Coast, Mr Irwin and his late son’s wife, Terri, were rumoured to have had a falling out.
It is believed Mr Irwin suffered a myocardial infarction, which occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged decrease in oxygen caused by a blocked blood flow to the heart.
It can result in permanent damage to the heart muscle with long term effects ranging from mild to severe.
Mr Irwin also reportedly suffered from an irregular heartbeat prior to and during his transportation.
Judy did not accompany him to Kingaroy or Brisbane.
The timing of the health scare for the staunch conservationist came as a national women’s magazine ran a story about him speaking with a psychic to contact his cherished son.
Mr Irwin is now in the private Holy Spirit Northside Hospital at Chermside.
Holy Spirit, alongside the public Prince Charles Hospital, is one of the world’s best cardiac campuses.
A hospital spokesman would not comment on Mr Irwin’s condition yesterday.
Terri and the extended Irwin family spoke yesterday of initial fears that have since been put to rest.
“It has been a worrying time, but Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin and the entire Australia Zoo family are relieved that Bob is now doing well, and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery,” a statement from Australia Zoo said.
“Knowing Bob, he’s as tough as nails, and will be back on his feet in no time.”
A long-time friend, RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty, said: “Bob definitely wasn’t well”.
Mr Beatty, who is working with Mr Irwin to build an RSPCA wildlife hospital at Wacol, said he had contacted Judy . “Bob is one of the most passionate men I have ever met, there is no nicer guy,” he said.
Mr Irwin appears in a Woman’s Day article this week in which he reveals he has spoken to Steve through a psychic.
Bob has remained inconsolable since his “best mate” died in 2006.
In the article, Bob speaks about finally finding peace.
“Steve has told me everything is OK, not to be sad and to keep up the fight, to continue looking after the animals,” it quotes Bob saying.
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