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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help raise funds for specialist physio & hydrotherapy to help Steve walk after 4 years in a wheelchair.

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Steve’s story

Nothing can prepare you for a phone call like the one I received on 23 December 2014. It was from my son’s girlfriend In Thailand to say my son Steve had been found unconscious at 2am on the side of the road with severe head injuries.

Straight away, we had to organise a private Medi plane to fly Steve from where he had been found in the coastal village of Krabi to Bangkok where he could get treatment. We also had to find three seats on a plane to Bangkok on Christmas Eve with less than 24 hours’ notice.

After two and a half weeks, Steve was still in a coma in Bangkok but the hospital gave the go-ahead for us to fly him back home to the UK where he could receive continuing care. On 9 January 2015, we arrived back in the UK with my son who had remained comatose through it all.

The costs of the private Medi jet came to £13,000, then the Bangkok hospital charges were another £20,000, and the costs to fly him home with a doctor and nurse from Thailand came to £19,000. Not surprisingly, this, along with the cost of our own flights, wiped out our savings – and forced us to borrow from friends and family.

After five and a half weeks hospitalised in Taunton, Steve eventually began his slow ‘wake up’. Gradually, over a period of months, he began to show signs of movement in his right side, and after six months we finally got a smile from him. Whilst that was a very special moment, he still had not uttered a single word – and hasn’t done so to this day.

For the first three months, I spent eight to nine hours a day by Steve’s side, travelling an hour each way to Taunton. For the following three months, I spent every other day with him, and after that I had to return to work to earn some money but continued to visit him as much as possible.

Steve spent a total of nine months in the brain rehabilitation unit at Musgrove and later at Dean Barton Rehab Unit in Cotford St Luke before they relocated him. Unfortunately, his progress was considered slow and we were told that he had entered a plateau stage and they were not in a position to continue his rehab because of financial constraints.

This caused me many sleepless nights and I really wanted him to come home, but everyone was telling me that I just wouldn’t be able to cope. I had to do what was best for Steve and listen to what those around me were saying – to let him go into a nursing home. His first day at the home was just awful; I stayed with him for seven hours and didn’t want to leave. I vowed I would find a way to give him a better life, and last September we finally managed to do that for him, moving him into Alfred Court, where he lives with three other men and their carers.

This has been a long, exhausting journey for Steve’s family. But at no stage have we ever stopped believing that his health would continue to improve.

Now, we need to raise a total of £5,000 to cover Steve’s special therapy for the next six months. Steve’s family are eternally grateful for all support.

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  • Alison Cox2 months ago
    Alison Cox

    Alison Cox

    2 months ago

    Steve's story was told on radio & TV yesterday. It was an emotional day for us. A big thank you to BBC Somerset & Spotlight for broadcasting it. We will now be very busy organising fundraising events & will post these here as updates.

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  • Alison Cox2 months ago
    Alison Cox

    Alison Cox

    2 months ago

    Exciting update! BBC Somerset Radio & TV interviewed me today & Steve's story will be on the TV & radio on Friday this week at the following times: BBC Somerset Radio & Radio Cornwall - 7.05am & 8.05am BBC Spotlight - 1.30pm & 6pm

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  • Alison Cox2 months ago
    Alison Cox

    Alison Cox

    2 months ago

    Ok, so, it's been a busy few days! BBC Somerset are going to record a radio interview with me on Wednesday, telling Steve's story and it's also going to be shown on TV. We are organising a friendly football match & BBQ which will probably be in late May/June, I will update you on this nearer the time. The Burnham on Sea & Highbridge Lions Club have asked me to join them at their next monthly meeting and speak about Steve & tell his story as a pre curser to them helping us to raise funds for Steve. Thanks for all your donations so far.

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Page last updated on: 5/22/2019 18.10

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91

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 22, 2019

    Remembered Steve from Looe Community School after reading the article in the Cornish Times. Wishing you all the best with the treatment and physio. Keep working hard at your recovery.

    £30.00

  • Allison

    Allison

    May 19, 2019

  • Kerri-Ann Bushby

    Kerri-Ann Bushby

    May 19, 2019

    Best of luck meeting your target xx

    £10.00

  • Kathy Eagleton

    Kathy Eagleton

    May 19, 2019

    Money raised from a fundraising bingo night in Looe by Friends of Special Guardians, wishing Steve all the very best

    £231.00

  • Natalya Shadbolt

    Natalya Shadbolt

    May 18, 2019

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 9, 2019

    £100.00

  • Tim Slee

    Tim Slee

    May 9, 2019

    Best of luck Steve 💪

    £100.00

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