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Help get Simon home

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Raised by 275 people in 18 months
At the age of 50 Simon Hunt suffered a devastating stroke changing him from an active husband and father, to facing life in a wheelchair only being aware of half of the world he lives in. We now urgently need to help Simon by making changes to the family home for him to be able to return to his wife and children.

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.
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So the awesome news is ... Simon is coming home TOMORROW!! This is much earlier than expected and a testament to Simon's continued efforts towards his recovery. Two weeks ago I saw Simon stand in parallel bars (with assistance) and his record for walking is 50 yards!

This is clearly a fantastic milestone but by no means the end of the journey. The title of this appeal may change but their is still much to do. Thank you all for your fantastic generosity to Help Get Simon Home but WATCH THIS SPACE!!
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I had an opportunity to visit Simon last week. He continues to improve and walked 37 metres recently in a supporting frame. This is great news as typically stroke victims recover for a year or so and then plateau, but Simon continues to improve which is absolutely fantastic. The plan is for him to go home ‘in the summer’ but there are hurdles to overcome before that around funding so there is no date yet. He said he wants to be able to walk out of Peartree when the time comes and I’m sure he will. (Pictures will be posted!)

It is now just over two years since the original event. He has been in Peartree for 18 months! There is more to do on the house as well as as obtaining transport, so please forward this to your contacts to continue raising the funds still needed to Get Simon Home!
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Simon’s family are so close to getting Simon home, can we ask for a little more from you all:

Your generous donations have paid for the through floor wheelchair lift, Simon’s power wheelchair, and much of the conversion of a bathroom into wet room.

There are discussions happening regarding getting Simon home with the right care & therapy package. The plan is to hopefully have a transition period of about six weeks where Simon spends weekends at home building up to a full discharge with outpatient therapy still. 'The summer' is the closest we have to a date at the moment.

The progress has been great, but funds are still needed to provide an appropriate front door that will open and close automatically, and level garden access, so that Simon can exit the house independently in his wheelchair.

· Positivity and physio – all working to getting his mobility back:

Simon’s condition continues to improve and he can now walk 18 metres with assistance in a tall walking frame!

· When he is home, Simon will have such a better quality of life and more motivation:

Simon was able to visit home for a day recently and test some of the improvements you have funded for the house. He was able to use the lift and move throughout both floors of the house easily, which is fantastic for his quality of life.
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I was able to visit Simon recently and heard about his home visit on Christmas Eve. It was great to be with the family at such a special time even for a short period. Two of the OTs from Peartree picked him up on Christmas Day, which is surely well beyond the call of duty!

Simon continues to make progress and can walk a short distance between parallel bars with assistance, which is fantastic. There is no target date for his return home yet, but he did say that my next visit might be to Basingstoke rather than Southampton!

Work on the house is making good progress. All built and sealed now with plaster on the walls and glazing in, so it feels like there are rooms and you can appreciate the space Simon will have. The trades have all moved inside and are cracking on with fitting everything out and taking over the whole house while they’re doing it!! Still lots to do, but it’s taking shape.

Still hopeful of completion by 23rd Feb and lift installation is booked for 7th March.

This is clearly an expensive process so please pass this on to others in your network so they have an opportunity to help to Get Simon Home!
Outside
Downstairs with hole for lift
Upstairs
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