Help me to recover from life changing injuries

On 12th April my life changed forever and will never be the same. In the blink of eye and a moment of carelessness I severed my left hand with a power saw and cut through my hand removing two fingers and my thumb. Within seconds my girlfriend found me and called 999, I truly believe I wouldn’t be here today if she had not found me so quickly and I owe my life to her. Over the course of the next few hours, I was treated by the first response team, the ambulance team, the doctors and nurses of Boston Pilgrim hospital and finally the Royal Derby hospital. 6 hours after the accident, I was being prepared for surgery by what I was told were the best hand specialists in the country. There are no words that I can express how grateful I am for every person that day who even during the corona crisis, put aside their fears and did everything within their power to save me. At midnight on Sunday, I was in surgery for 7 hours whilst they tried to save my hand, they assured me they would do everything they could but there was a chance it would not work, so all I could do was remain hopeful. When I awoke Monday morning I was told they had been able to reattach my fingers and thumb but would have to wait to see if it was successful. On Tuesday after a consultation with the surgeon he gave me the news I didn’t want to hear, the tissue had died and I would need a further operation to remove the fingers and thumb. The surgeon gave me a couple of options and albeit slightly selfishly I went with the complicated option. The surgeon explained that due to the corona virus limitations it may not be possible to proceed with the option but yet again to their full credit they practically moved heaven and earth for me so I could continue to get the best medical treatment possible. Even during these difficult times the staff at the Royal Derby have continued to go above and beyond their call of duty and I owe them a debt of gratitude I will never be able to repay. On Friday morning I was prepared for surgery, whilst I was anxious I knew I was in the best place and knew they would do everything possible to give me the best result. When I finally came out, I was told there had been complications and the team had worked tirelessly for 12 hours but they had been unable to achieve the result they were aiming for. They are still hopeful and have different options to pursue but it is likely I will need to endure three more operations over the coming weeks and months and have a long road of recovery ahead of me. Every team member has been truly amazing and I owe my recovery so far to them, the corona virus has made things so much more difficult but this has not affected the standard of care. Despite anything negative you may read about the NHS in the press, my experience has been truly amazing and I give thanks to every single person who has treated and continues to care for me, they are true hero’s.

I hope to return to a semi normal but adapted life in the future but my injuries are life changing. Since the accident I have had time to reflect on my life and my past decisions. Previously I have pursued purely financial gain and material possessions and not found any happiness or contentment, I have endured unbelievable pain this week and realised no amount of money or riches would’ve helped, it was only the kindness and medical support that has eased my suffering.I have dealt with depression and anxiety for a long time but after the accident Ive had to very quickly reassess my life and decide what direction I should move in. From my fiancée to my family, to my work colleagues and every member of the NHS, I have been overwhelmed by their love and support over the last week and so it is my hope in the very near future when I’m healed I will be able to repay their kindness and commit a large part of my life to fundraising and charity work. Perhaps this will be something that will become my career for the rest of my life. I have spent many hours listening to Tony Robbins this week and I’ve found a lot of comfort in his words of advice, I realised very quickly on at the start of the week that I will need to change my mental attitude to recover from this and become a stronger person ,but with such amazing people around me I know the support is there and in turn I hope I will be the person others can turn too when they are suffering or in need. I have reached out to many different people this week who have suffered severe injuries and recovered and rebuilt successful lives and each one has inspired me to keep fighting. I have set a humble target but it is my hope that your kindness exceeds this so that I’m able cover the cost of future prosthetics and adaptions to help me return to a fairly normal life. In turn I will continue to reach out to others with the hope in the future I will be the one they turn to for help.

Thank you


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Lee Goodale 
Great Hale, East Midlands, United Kingdom
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