Weʼre raising £45,000 to help realise a dream. Most of us dream of winning the lottery. Kevin dreams of improved mobility thanks to transverse myelitis & paralysis.
- Kent, Uk
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Kevin Jones gets on with life. He doesn't dwell on his disabilities and hard fortune, he just gets on with life. Kevin has a bone condition and he just gets on with life. Kevin has lost all feeling in his legs and he still just gets on with life. Recently Kevin had his left arm amputated to make his pain, well, less painful. He still just gets on with life. Kevin is blind in one eye and yes, you guessed it, he still gets on with life. Kevin gets on with life because he cant just do nothing. He has always worked to provide for himself and his partner and getting on with life shows his strength of character. It is fair to say that Kevin has had his fair share of bad luck but he continues to try and make good of the situation.
From a young age physical abuse from the one person who was supposed to protect him meant Kevin grew up with his arm in a caliper. He battled on and after leaving school Kevin was self employed running a farm and later with his own kitchen business in London. All through this time Kevin suffered with and still suffers with transverse myelitis. He married, had children and everything seemed like life was worth it.
However bad luck took hold once again when Kevin had surgery on his hand which at the time was OK however it proved to be quite the opposite. 7 years on when routine checks were being done it turned out that the surgeon had been negligent in the fixing of the bones. Kevin had asked his local MP Roger Gayle, Conservative MP for Thanet to help him get treatment nearer to home as he was having to travel with open wounds on a regular basis in to London. He helped get Kevin under a local consultant who then recognised the negligence of the consultant who had operated all those years ago. He operated and took the plates out.
Following on from the original hand surgery Kevin had more bad luck when he went through through a painful divorce costing him everything.
Kevin, being the true fighter that he is, focused his energies on restarting his life and sought employment with a local farmer having worked in the industry as a side line to his business.It wasn't long however before bad luck struck again when, due to an accident at work, he eventually lost his left eye.
Again Kevin soldiered on and good fortune found its way to Kevin when he fell in love and married again. Whilst this bought happiness it didn't bring good fortune as one afternoon he fell awkwardly from a chair but thought nothing of it. However later on Kevin was taken ill and had suffered a minor stroke and ended up losing all feeling in his legs meaning he has since been confined to a wheelchair due to loss of use of the left leg.
Living at the time in a fourth floor flat meant Kevin hauling himself up and down stairs every day. Luckily for Kevin and his wife they were able to move into a one bed room house which proved better however it wasn't practical with regards to the wheelchair access Kevin needed meaning he had to sleep on a hospital bed in the lounge.
Even with the disability and mental stress Kevin was feeling, his steely determination helped him get on with life and he set up a small electronic repairs business.
This was going very well when bad luck came his way once more. Kevin was attacked by a drugged up youth who beat him around the head and tipped him out of his chair. This pointless attack came with a price as it left Kevin with anxiety and agoraphobia meaning he couldn't leave the house for fear of further attacks.
To add insult to injury, Kevin was diagnosed with a bone condition sometime ago which has caused him years of pain with the already damaged arm. Kevin recently took the extremely brave decision to have his arm amputated to help alleviate the pain.
The bizarre thing is, and this is testament to Kevin's mindset, he is still just getting on!!
What Kevin has in abundance is strength of character. What he doesn't have is a little bit of independence that he craves, for both himself and his wife. To get out of the house and go places is but a dream.
Please help me make Kevin's dream more of a reality and help me raise funds for a specially converted mobility vehicle to give Kevin, and his wife, that little bit of something we take for granted, freedom.
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