Until June 2016 Simon was a fun loving active husband and father to two young children, who loved his cars, and was respected and loved by both friends and colleagues. At 50 years of age he had a right hemisphere ischemic stroke the cause of which is still unknown. He deteriorated quickly despite medical intervention, and required a craniotomy to relieve the pressure on his brain by removing part of his skull. This was the first of two life-saving operations.
The stroke left Simon paralysed down his left hand side, but whilst recuperating he went on to suffer a major pulmonary embolism causing a cardiac arrest. It took 52 minutes on assisted CPR to bring him back – the second life-saving procedure. Unfortunately, the pulmonary embolism and subsequent interventions caused his kidneys to fail and further bleeding in his already damaged brain, making the effects of Simon's stroke far more pronounced, losing the use of his other leg.
Following three months in hospital, Simon is now in an acquired brain injury unit 30 miles away from home.
He is making good progress and is now able to talk, but he is expected to be wheelchair dependent for the rest of his life. He has lost the sight in his left eye, but also suffers from severe left neglect, so his brain doesn't recognise the left hand side of the world. This has far reaching effects on life ranging from only shaving half his face, to not being safe to go out alone as he would be
unaware of hazards on his left. He is also unable to read or use a computer, which severely limits his independence.
Simon has now been away from his family for a year, and we need to get him home. This will require major changes to the family home to accommodate his needs and allow him to be an active member of the family. In addition to a range of essential equipment, we need to install a through floor lift so Simon can access the first floor bedroom, and refit bathrooms to allow chair access for his personal care.
All the necessary adaptions to the house, along with the provision of a bespoke electric wheelchair, and a modified van to be able to take the wheelchair, all of will cost in excess of £100,000, so anything we can raise towards this will be a massive help.
Please help get Simon home by contributing to the cost of the substantial changes to the family home that will be needed.
- Brogan W
- Michael Glaze-Santonen
- Lesa dyson
- Mark Baker
- Martin Evans
Organizer and beneficiary
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