Charlotte's Journey to Recovery

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Raised by 512 people in 47 months
Shortly after giving birth to her eagerly awaited twin boys, Fox and Teddy, Charlotte suffered from a massive stroke. Further complications led to a blood clot on her brain, followed by two brain bleeds. Against all odds, Charlotte survived and has spent the last eight months in hospital. Charlotte is soon to return to her family and so we are trying to raise as much money as possible to help her transition back into home life and continued rehabilitation. She has been left with right sided paralysis and brain damage.

The money raised will be spent on whatever is needed to help Charlotte's rehabilitation and support her young family. The equipment and support she'll receive through the NHS, local authority and disability allowance will be limited and her husband Rob has had to put work on hold since the stroke to be by her side. Any funds raised to help with their daily living expenses will be a huge help. The funds raised will also contribute towards buying better devices to improve Charlotte's mobility, for example a higher-tech wheelchair to enable greater independence, or even a robotic arm. To add to their challenge, Charlotte and Rob had only just moved into their new home just before the stroke and it is in need of further renovation and decorating so the funds could also go towards making their home more suitable and accessible.

Once Charlotte has returned home in September and her rehabilitation programme continues from there, she will know more about what will be needed to improve her quality of life. We are keen to start this fund now so that there is money readily available as and when needed.

Charlotte is in the early stages of rehabilitation but we will regularly update you on her progress and show you how your support is making a huge difference to her life.

Charlotte is determined, she is brave and she will continue to push herself to regain as much independence as possible and make the best life for herself, Rob and their adorable sons Fox and Teddy.
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Almost 2 years on and Charlotte has her fabulous new home, allowing her to be the best mum she can be. And she is; the best mum.
Cha continues to make progress with both her speech and movement, committing to a rigorous programme that she always gives 100% to. The funds that have been raised so far have allowed Charlotte to continue her therapy with the specialists that she needs. We hope to continue to raise more money so Charlotte can carry on defying the odds.
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Charlotte will be on DIY SOS this evening, BBC 1, 9pm. Amazing kindness from all involved for the most amazing person I know.
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I wanted to update you all on Charlotte's progress so far. With your support, Charlotte has been able to start and continue with private therapy, both with the Neuro-physiotherapy team at the Morello Clinic and Katherine Head, who concentrates on Charlotte's speech and communication. Charlotte is continuing to make progress and with a long road ahead and a gruelling schedule, it is important for Charlotte that she is able to see the improvements.

Charlotte's understanding has improved dramatically and her speech is slowly coming back. It is a long, slow process. Charlotte's issue is being able to say what she understands. Charlotte spends hours each day practising words and numbers and remembering links between words and pictures.

Charlotte's movement is also greatly improving. She is able to walk short distances without her crutch and is constantly pushing herself to get stronger. Her arm and hand is proving the slowest to recover, although with each session she has, allowing her to make slight steps in the right direction.

The money raised so far has meant that Charlotte is miles ahead of where she would have been, it's been life changing and words cannot do justice how important it has been. Her progress has been dramatically helped because of the financial support she has received so far. That, and her sheer determination and grit that never fails to impress me.

To fund this treatment has been costly, but at the same time, priceless. Funds are depleting and so we are coming up with new ideas and fundraisers to help Charlotte continue her road to recovery. Charlotte's family are doing a fundraiser and auction on Saturday 22nd October at The Royal Oak in Monmouth, to raise further funds for Charlotte's treatment.

The boys are doing fabulously and even at such a young age, they seem to understand Charlotte's condition. They are kind and gentle and undoubtably spur Charlotte on to keep going. With Charlotte's family by her side, Charlotte remains positive, she is working so hard to get better each day and remains as determined as ever.
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Thank you to everyone who has donated to Charlotte’s recovery fund. We’re overwhelmed by all your generosity! Over the past year this fund has enabled Cha to have extra intensive treatment for her best chance at recovery and in the last 2 weeks alone we’ve received an unexpected anonymous donation that will secure another year of physio treatment.

The money raised has crucially allowed Charlotte to get back some of her independence, of which she had none. I still can't quite believe how generous people have been and what a huge difference it has been able to make and continues to make to Charlotte and her family’s life.

So far, after careful consideration in the last 9 months we've spent the money on the following items to benefit her recovery:

An electric wheelchair - so Char can keep up with her little boys and Rob and not miss out on being with them outdoors.
The much-needed physiotherapy treatment - at The Morello Clinic - to work intensively on her right-side to regain as much movement as possible.
Intensive speech therapy sessions.

All of these have been, and are, lifelines for the years of recovery that lie ahead.

Charlotte will now get the private physio treatment she needs for the next stage of her rehabilitation. She is still at the beginning of her journey, but it has been made easier because of treatment such as this, that just wouldn't have been possible without everyone's generosity and support.

On top of this, with Charlotte's initial treatment for speech therapy over, the family are in contact with a forward thinking speech therapist who specialises in people who have had strokes and especially those with dyspraxia, which Charlotte suffered as a result of her stroke. Katherine Head is well renowned in her field and has had outstanding results with the programme she uses.

Charlotte's communication skills are slowly improving. She still has a long road ahead, but she is as determined as ever to push herself. Her movement is limited, but again improvements are being made. Charlotte's treatment is exhausting and yet she often works into the night, desperate to improve as much as she can. It's heartbreaking to watch Charlotte struggle, I can't imagine how hard things must be for her now. However, the difference in her now to 6 months ago, is truly incredible. She's truly amazing and every penny raised has been spent to help Charlotte recover as much of her old self as possible.

As for the boys...Fox and Teddy are doing great. Fox is super laid back where as Teddy is Mr inquisitive. Both absolutely beautiful and truly blessed to be surrounded by doting Rob and a wonderful family.

Thank you all for your continued support, you have changed Charlotte and her families life for the better. They are truly grateful and want you all to know that the money has been spent wisely.









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Helena Mellows
45 months ago
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Char - I can't believe the trauma you've been through. I saw the ITV report and felt full of admiration for you and your wonderful husband. I'm sending you all lots of love and good wishes. xxx

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Angelina Harries
46 months ago
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Hi , charlottes sister here, I have been main carer for boys while Charlotte has been recovering no one has taken her babies . Mum and I travelled to cardiff every single day Charlotte was well enough to see her boys and although at times Charlotte could only manage to stay awake and be with boys for a short time we made sure she spent time with them, it's a two hour round trip . Now Charlotte is home she spends up to 6 hours a day with the boys and does as much as is physically possible , we are building on it all the time . Sadly there are times when both Charlotte and rob need a break as they are exhausted . The boys are always with family we are big loving family always have been always will be . Thanks for your support everyone .

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Angelina Harries
46 months ago
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I should add 6 hours a day on the days they are not staying together .

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Sue Wench Devlin
46 months ago
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yes mums body may need the babies but mum needs to get better first it may stress her out more not being able to care for her babies and poor hubby has his hands full. Caring for a disabled relative full time is not easy add to that the care of demanding babies it would not be fair on mum or babies as dad would be very stressed and tired thank god he has family and friends that are there to help out

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Sue Wench Devlin
46 months ago
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I may not be able to give money but I will share as much as possible your story has moved me as I had pre eclampsia in second stage of labor with my first child.

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Jenni Durham
46 months ago
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Why would you take the babies and move them to be raised by someone else? I understand Charlotte needs 24/7 care but the children should be with her, you never know they could be the push she needs to get better! Her body misses those babies, even if she doesn't know she was pregnant, her physical body does and kisses and needs them kids. Get them back home with mom and dad where they belong.

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Tim Burton
44 months ago

Progress on the page is going really well! I hope you're continuing to make such stellar progress yourself. Love from the Burtons.

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Jessica Haagen
46 months ago

Charlotte spent 3 weeks in a coma, followed by 9 months in hospital. The first few months, she wasn't even with it and it is only since we skull for rebuilt in July, almost 7 months after her 2 brain surgeries, that Charlotte had even a glimmer of her old self. Rob was by her side at hospital, not knowing if Charlotte would even make it. They see the boys daily and they stay over too, but with Charlotte needing constant care, it's not possible to have the boys full time without help (which they are getting I place to have them back)

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Missy Smith-Bolivar
46 months ago

I agree with Jenni. The babies need mom and mom needs those babies. She can get better with them at home and probably faster. Unfair to them to be taken away from mom.

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Char - I can't believe the trauma you've been through. I saw the ITV report and felt full of admiration for you and your wonderful husband. I'm sending you all lots of love and good wishes. xxx

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Angelina Harries
46 months ago
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Hi , charlottes sister here, I have been main carer for boys while Charlotte has been recovering no one has taken her babies . Mum and I travelled to cardiff every single day Charlotte was well enough to see her boys and although at times Charlotte could only manage to stay awake and be with boys for a short time we made sure she spent time with them, it's a two hour round trip . Now Charlotte is home she spends up to 6 hours a day with the boys and does as much as is physically possible , we are building on it all the time . Sadly there are times when both Charlotte and rob need a break as they are exhausted . The boys are always with family we are big loving family always have been always will be . Thanks for your support everyone .

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Angelina Harries
46 months ago
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I should add 6 hours a day on the days they are not staying together .

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Sue Wench Devlin
46 months ago
1
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yes mums body may need the babies but mum needs to get better first it may stress her out more not being able to care for her babies and poor hubby has his hands full. Caring for a disabled relative full time is not easy add to that the care of demanding babies it would not be fair on mum or babies as dad would be very stressed and tired thank god he has family and friends that are there to help out

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Sue Wench Devlin
46 months ago
1
1

I may not be able to give money but I will share as much as possible your story has moved me as I had pre eclampsia in second stage of labor with my first child.

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Jenni Durham
46 months ago
1
1

Why would you take the babies and move them to be raised by someone else? I understand Charlotte needs 24/7 care but the children should be with her, you never know they could be the push she needs to get better! Her body misses those babies, even if she doesn't know she was pregnant, her physical body does and kisses and needs them kids. Get them back home with mom and dad where they belong.

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Tim Burton
44 months ago

Progress on the page is going really well! I hope you're continuing to make such stellar progress yourself. Love from the Burtons.

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Jessica Haagen
46 months ago

Charlotte spent 3 weeks in a coma, followed by 9 months in hospital. The first few months, she wasn't even with it and it is only since we skull for rebuilt in July, almost 7 months after her 2 brain surgeries, that Charlotte had even a glimmer of her old self. Rob was by her side at hospital, not knowing if Charlotte would even make it. They see the boys daily and they stay over too, but with Charlotte needing constant care, it's not possible to have the boys full time without help (which they are getting I place to have them back)

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Missy Smith-Bolivar
46 months ago

I agree with Jenni. The babies need mom and mom needs those babies. She can get better with them at home and probably faster. Unfair to them to be taken away from mom.

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