Weʼre raising £7,000 to help upgrade a bathroom into an accessible wet room for Chris Garlick when he finally gets back home, after nearly a year in hospital.
- Pontypool, UK
- 7 days to go
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On the weekend of July 15th 2017, Chris Garlick had been experiencing what would have usually been described as flu symptoms. His condition seemed to gradually develop into a very high fever. On July the 16th, Karran, his wife, who had recently been on a sepsis training course, recognised the signs and symptoms of sepsis, also known as blood poisoning. She quickly contacted NHS 24 and an ambulance was despatched to their home. Chris was rushed to the the intensive care unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital. There, Karran was told that her husband was suffering multi-organ failure and that he was bleeding internally and also that she would have 5 minutes to say goodbye to him.
Chris was given a very slim chance of survival. He had developed sepsis due to meningococcal bacterial infection. A combination of that and the amount of drugs he had been given, lead to the lack of blood supply to his extremities. He was put in a drug-induced coma for 2 weeks while multi-limb amputation was discussed. By some miracle, Chris survived and finally on the 30th of August, his eldest daughters 10th birthday, a quadruple amputation was carried out.Chris had both his legs amputated to the knees, his left hand arm to the elbow, and right hand to the thumb.
Chris has had to stay in hospital for almost 11 months. Karran has been incredibly strong throughout this and was unable to work for almost 9 months as she drove to hospital daily and cared for Chris while simultaneously looking after their three young children, Molly, Daniel and Meirwen. She has managed spectacularly well and a couple of fundraisers have been organised to keep the family going during this time. Unfortunately, she has recently had to return to work so the family can make ends meet.
I have decided to run a half-marathon to help raise funds for some necessary changes required in the family home in anticipation of Chris’s return. At the moment, the house is not adapted for Chris’s needs. It will require significant alterations such as wider door frames for his wheelchair, ramps and most urgently, a wet room adapted for him to be as independent as possible. I am thrilled and so proud to say that Karran has decided to run this half marathon with me too .
Chris has been such an inspiration with his positive attitude for us and the kids. I want to support him by trying to get the house up to a standard where he can be as independent as possible so that he can have a good, strong relationship with the kids and myself as well as function on his own as much as possible ''
Karran and Chris have been dear friends of mine and my husband from our time together at the University of Glamorgan. They met there as did we and I went on to be Karran’s bridesmaid when they married a short time after Karran graduated. We are also honoured to be Godparents to Molly and Daniel. What has happened in their lives has hit Mez and I deeply as we see ourselves as being similar to them in so many ways. Our children are about the same age as theirs. It has made us incredibly aware that life can change in a second.
I therefore ask for your kindness and generosity so that we can get the ball rolling for him to come home. Please also feel free to share this page with others.
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Jun 1, 2018
Sorry - completely forgot!! We'll done both of you. Best wishes to Chris
May 30, 2018
Helping Chris get home soon
May 27, 2018
May 25, 2018
Hope you get home soon
May 25, 2018
May 25, 2018
Good luck! xxx
May 25, 2018
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