Mary & Tom Bagshaw Emergency Fund

£7,130 of £15,000 goal

Raised by 193 people in 18 months
Created December 12, 2017
As some of you may already know, my dear friend and incredible artist Tom Bagshaw is going through some terribly tough times right now. Ten days ago, his wife Mary suffered a tear to her aortic valve, and had to undergo a massive 12-hour high-risk surgery to save her life. She is currently residing in an ICU, and her situation is still rather precarious, so she won't be home for Christmas or even New Year's at this point. The best case scenario, barring any complications, is that she will now face several months of recovery to get back to her normal life, due to the extreme nature of her condition and the trauma that her body sustained during the intensity of the surgery.

Tom, Mary, and their daughter Erin all rely on his art and her job at a bookshop for their day-to-day income, both of which are being drastically affected with Mary being in hospital. As those of you who are artists know, it is extremely difficult to create under such circumstances, let alone while also caring for a child on one's own, making daily trips to and from the hospital, keeping friends and family informed, and keeping the family afloat emotionally and financially.

During times like this, when life seems to be throwing everything at us, that's when we need our friends the most. If you are a friend, fan, or supporter of Tom and his work, please consider contributing here to help him and his family through this difficult time. Any amount helps, and spreading the word is also very much appreciated!

All funds from this campaign minus the small 5% that GoFundMe takes, are going directly to Tom and Mary- I am merely here to organize the page for them, and answer any questions as best I can.
I will also be sharing updates on here from Tom, for those of you who would like to keep up with Mary’s progress. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.

From Tom’s personal FB page, on December 4th:
“Hi, im not good at personal posts but this is more a PSA and i kinda need to do it. Im not going to relate everything here just the basics.

On Saturday 2nd at about 5.30am my wife Mary suffered a tear in her aortic valve. She was taken from Bath A&E to Bristol Royal infirmary Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and through to theater where she spent the next 12 hours. At Midnight she was brought out into CICU and remains sedated while her body tries to recover. Needless to say this all a major shock and shes not out of the woods yet as they need to be able to bring her round to check for damage to her brain but that cant be done till shes strong enough. So its a waiting game for us now.

Thank you to all our friends and family who have been so supportive, our daughter is ok, but obviously shes still a bit young to be told whats going on or how serious it is.

Please bear with me, im not really in a position to be able to answer questions etc but your support is really appreciated.

Erin & Mary:

Tom Bagshaw's art:


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Hi all,

just wanted to give you an update on Mary's progress and to yet again say a massive 'thank you' for all the kind words and for the incredible generosity from so many!

As some of you will be aware, during the second emergency surgery that Mary went through in Dec (after the first to replace her aortic valve and repair the damage she had a lung collapse and her chest cavity filled up with over a litre of fluid) surgeons tried to put drains in through the femoral arteries which obviously left her with some big ol' scars there as well as her chest.

Shortly after leaving hospital we noticed these scars had swellings below which turned out to be lymphoceles which have steadily grown over the months, at one point becoming as large as a tennis ball. Because of the nature of these collections of fluid she has been getting cellulitis- treatable with antibiotics but which messes up her heart meds.

After almost 6 months of being out of hospital, recovering as much as possible with this added complication, we had the crappy news that even though the cardiac team and other medical professionals we have been seeing have all stated that this needs surgery to sort out- the vascular surgeons feel that considering the added strain on Mary during the procedure and the low chance of success to correct the problem, surgery isnt viable at present.

This is a big blow as her recovery is being hampered by these lympoceles and the recurring infections, not to mention the discomfort they cause or the fact that walking is difficult etc etc. She is still unable to go back to work, sick pay runs out leaving us in an even more difficult position!

Believe me, i would love to be able to say 'shes all better and things are back to normal' but that looks like its a long way off yet, 4 months till we can get the vascular team to check her out again. Of course things could be so much worse so we are incredibly thankful shes reasonably ok! Consequently we will continue to keep this fund going with the digital download of the Renascent painting available for all who donate, if you can, please continue to help by sharing this update out.

Thank you all once again, im really sorry its not a more cheery update! :P

All the best,
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Hi everyone, just a quick update here on Mary’s recovery :) Over the past couple of months since returning home, Mary has slowly been gaining back her taste buds, appetite, and weight/muscle mass that she lost from the month she was in ICU and hospital. Though the first month was extremely difficult for her in terms of mobility, she has gradually begun to walk with a bit less pain. She can now move about the house a bit, is no longer bed-ridden, and has been on a few follow-up hospital visits, that have all checked out well. She is still a ways from a full physical recovery where she can go back to work, but with Tom and Erin by her side, she will undoubtedly get there in a few month’s time :)

As a thank you for your incredible generosity, Tom has created this piece, “Renascent,” especially for all of you, to download and print as you wish.
For those of you who are just finding this campaign, I want to thank you for your kindness, and encourage you to provide your email address so that Tom can send you the link to the hi-res image as well :)
xxx Mia

‘Renascent’ by Tom Bagshaw.
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A quick but amazing update from Tom!
“Hi everyone! Just a really quick msg to let you know Mary is home!! We just got back from the hospital, the little walk from taxi to house has completely exhausted her but I'm sure when she's a bit more settled she will do her first updates! Thanks you all for your support- you've all been amazing!! <3”
Thank you so much to everyone who has so generously helped Tom and his family over the past month and a half. It really means the world to them!
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Some more good news from Tom! And a huge thank you to each and every one of you who has pitched in to help <3
“Hi everyone, I hope you had a good Christmas whatever you did (or didnt do) to celebrate!

I just wanted to do a little update about my wifes condition after the events on the 2nd Dec, after her second round of surgery she has been progressing well, with the last week showing the most amazing improvements. Its all been little things day by day as she slowly gets stronger and on to a real path to recovery.

I cant describe the joy of being able to see your loved one getting better each day after such a near fatal event. On Christmas day i was able to take our daughter in to see Mary in the High Dependency Unit, the first time they had seen each other in nearly a month- needless to say it was a tearful reunion! She has now progressed to the point where she can lift her arms and grip a cup to take a drink, with the aid of the physio team she was even able to sit on the edge of the bed and stand for a moment. Its all such small stuff and its totally exhausting for her but its making her stronger each day.

As of today she has been given the all clear that her heart is ok and she can (when a bed becomes available) be moved to the Bath Royal United Hospital to continue her recovery- this will make a huge difference, at the moment i am traveling over an hour there, spending a couple of hours with her and then over an hour back with some wonderful friends taking care of Erin in the meantime and having to get back to deal with the dog! With Mary at the RUH the travel time will be more like 15 mins each way- it will really help!

Again, i want to say a heartfelt 'Thank you' from all of us for your love and support, even though the worst is over the recovery period for an operation like this is 4-6 months, so your continued support is really appreciated!! Wishing you all the best for the New Year and if you feel like donating to the emergency fund that Mia Araujo set up to help us with financial aid please check out the gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/marytombagshaw

Thank you all again <3”
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Raised by 193 people in 18 months
Created December 12, 2017
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