Phil's road to recovery & grief

In May this year (2017), my mum was diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer and given 2-5 years to live. We found out last month that the cancer has since spread to her brain. Her diagnosis is now deemed terminal and her prognosis is for 6 months. This news alone was enough to cause complete devistation to our family.

So when mum recieved a phone call from the Alfred hospital early hours of Thursday morning informing her that her husband was on life support and being taken into surgery following a car accident our worlds were shattered beyond measure.

Phil had been in the emergency lane with his pride and joy (67 Mustang which he built himself) after being stuck in roadwork traffic and the car overheating. He pulled over to allow it to cool and it just so happened that a mate saw his car and pulled over to ask if he needed a hand, they proceeded to have a chat in the emergency lane as the traffic was still quite built up. At this time a vehicle has come into the emergency lane without stopping and run into the back of phils car, pinning both phil and his mate between the cars.

Phils mate is now in rehab but has sustained quite significant injuries. Phil however bled out 5 TIMES the human bodies volume of blood.. he had 25 units of blood transfused and has since had more. He has a shattered pelvis, femur and ankle. He has deep lacerations and injuries to parts og his body that i wont mention. He wont walk or move from his current position for at least the next 3-4 months minimum and will then be in rehab for quite some time to relearn to walk and weightbare. He will likely be in hospital for 6+ months and may never be able to return to work.

My Step dad almost died, and while he is so lucky to be here and we are so grateful that he is alive and in time will hopefully heal, he now has to spend the last months of my mums life in a hospital bed not sharing that time with mum and mum doesn't have her husband by her side during the biggest battle of her life.

Phil has lost his pride and joy. He has lost all mobility at the moment. May potentially never work again. And he, along with my mum, have been robbed of such precious time together in what seems like the cruelest twist of fate.

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Megan Keane 
Hillside VIC
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