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Weʼre raising £25,000 to help fund treatment for Matt Fricker, Matt suffered an AVM in his brain on 20.02.16 , leaving him with physical and cognitive difficulties.

Yeovil, Somerset, UK

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Matt played a high standard of football throughout his career, playing for AFC Bournemouth Academy, Yeovil Town, Paulton Rovers, Frome Town & Street FC and had a successful work career for Spillers of Chard. He had just been promoted to Kitchen Manager when he became ill.

Matt was a very fit 37 year old man when he suffered a collapse in his shower at home on the 20th February 2016. He suffered loss of consciousness and had a seizure. When the paramedics arrived his GCS was 3 and his pupils were not reacting. He was taken to the Southmead Hospital in Bristol and underwent a CT scan. This showed a left parietal intra cranial haemorrhage, intraventricular haemorrhage and hydrocephalus, a further CT head and body scan revealed that Matt had a Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) to the left side of his brain and a haematoma which was drained.

Matt then underwent surgery for a ventricular drain insertion which was removed after 1 month. This proved premature and Matt had a second drain fitted. On the 21st March 2016 Matt had a ventriculoperitional shunt fitted and also developed two very serious infections; chest sepsis requiring a tracheostomy and a sample of his spine fluid found gram positive cocci.

Matt stayed in an acute ward at Southmead Hospital until 19th April 2016 when he was transferred to the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU). On his arrival Matt was bed ridden and required all transfers by a hoist, he found eating difficult as he could not sequence a swallow. Matt demonstrated very limited insight into his difficulties, his cognitive performance fell within the very severe impairment range.

Matt participated well in physiotherapy, progressing from a hoist to transfer to a wheel chair. He then progressed to a pulpit frame and then progressed to moving around the unit in a wheel chair. Matts determination enabled him to get up and walk with the aid of a stick and support from the physios. Eventually, Matts right side became stronger allowing him to walk with less support but his right foot had little activity. Ongoing physio and one-to-one care enabled Matt to eventually transfer to the Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre at Dean Barton, Somerset in December 2016. Matt continued to make good physical neurological recovery but is disadvantaged with his cognitive recovery.

In January, Matt returned to Southmead Hospital and underwent an eleven hour operation to surgically remove the AVM which offered an immediate benefit from the risk of a further haemorrhage. The operation was a success but did put Matt back with a temporary neurological burden. Once Matt recovered the ground he had lost due to the operation it was agreed that he was ready to move on and in August 2017 Matt moved into an assisted living house where he is today.

Matt can easily forget where he is, and who people are, he needs to be re-oriented regulary. He can forget what he is told very quickly, sometimes within minutes and within the course of a conversation, he needs reminding about things on a regular basis. Matt has difficulty understanding the meaning of things that he sees and needs support and the right information in his environment to manage this. Matt is regaining strength but the difficulties previously mentioned means that he becomes confused and disoriented so requires his environment to be well managed with one-to-one support.

We are looking to improve Matt's mental and physical capabilities with Stem Cell treatment followed up by one to one regular physiotherapy and speech & language therapy.

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  • Don Gibson

    Don Gibson

    Oct 2, 2018

    Everything crossed for the trip.


  • Chris Weller

    Chris Weller

    Sep 17, 2018


  • Barbara and Geoff xx

    Barbara and Geoff xx

    Aug 9, 2018

    Golden gift.


  • Julie Turner

    Julie Turner

    Jul 13, 2018

    At Nationwide Building Society Yeovil branch I held a fundraiser for Matt as he is a friend of my brother-in-law. Thank you to the staff and members for all their support.


  • Paul Marshall

    Paul Marshall

    Jun 11, 2018

    Sending our love, Ann Derek and Paul Marshall. Scunthorpe


  • Steve Kemp

    Steve Kemp

    May 25, 2018

    I came across this by absolute chance and so sorry to learn this news. I used to room with Matt at Bournemouth and hope this treatment helps.


  • Naomi Passmore

    Naomi Passmore

    May 24, 2018

    From all at altered image.


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