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12th June 2015 is a date that has changed my life in so many ways and one that I will never forget
I was involved in an RTA whilst riding my motorcycle to work. For me the Air Ambulance really was the difference between life and death, had it not been for them attending the scene I know for a fact that I would not be here now. My wife Sally would have been left a widow and my three kids would have been left without their dad.
I was placed into an induced coma and given RSI (Rapid Sequence Intubation), which is where they put in a breathing tube that's then connected to a ventilator. As well as a chest drain into my lung due to this being collapsed and me bleeding internally. Amazingly not a single cut or graze to me on the outside
I was a "Code Red Trauma Call" to The Royal Hospital in Whitechapel, which meant I was rushed into CT scans and then to theatre for surgery. My injuries were extensive and my prognosis initially very poor. I had a broken right femur, shattered right elbow, broken right forearm, six broken ribs, fractures to multiple vertebrate, punctured right lung, lacerations to my kidneys, pancreas and liver, contusion to my spleen and a type A aortic dissection (main artery from the heart that supplies the vital organs). Because of this I then sustained a right MCA infract and a right ACA infract, which is effectively two strokes.
Many of you may not be aware that the Air Ambulance is a charity that receives no government funding . I hope to raise as much as possible for this vital service by taking part in a charity trek this September. Crossing Mont Blanc and trekking across three countries in three days.
This is going to be a tough challenge for me because of the disability I now have from the stroke. I have left side weakness (the best way for me to describe this is it's like having a weight on your wrist and ankle on one side) this affects my walking which is now slow, and I rely on an ankle foot ortosis (AFO) to be able to walk with because of foot drop. I am also unable to use my left hand functionally
I will be walking on average 8 to 9 hour's per day on uneven terrain but am determined to complete this.
If you could please spare as much or little to this cause you will be helping to fund a mission and in turn helping to save somebody else's life.
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