Tony cowan.s medical equipment,

£12,243 of £15,000 goal

Raised by 353 people in 44 months
My son tony is 29 year old,On the 9/9/2014

,he was in a horiffic car accident,tony,s heart stopped and he had to be ressusitated by paramedics,tony was taken to newcastles RVI by police escort,the police called at my home and told me tony was involved in a car accident and that i should come with them straight away. On arriving at the hospitals A &E department,i was given the teribble news that tony had sustained a C2 fracture to the neck  and complete spinal cord injury,after having a ct scan and mri scan,we were advised that there was no brain activity,and it would be kinder to switch life support machine off and let nature take its course,we were advised to call family and friends to say our final farewells,they would give us to next day then life support would be turned off,
Next day we all said our farewells and prepared for the worst,when out of the blue a consultant came to us and told us tony had opened his eyes,they had no explanation for how that was happening and they were surprised and gobsmacked,they then said tony would be brain damaged and probabaly not survive the weekend,and once again they would let nature take its course,Tony survived the weekend and showed them he was not brain damaged but could understand all his suroundings and everything that had happened,he had no memory loss and could remember up to five minutes before accident,all he had at the moment was eye movement and could only communicate by looking up for yes and down for no,
As a result of this accident tony,s head was snapped off from his spine,there was only tissue and muscle holding his head on,the consultants had to make the descision to reattach his skull to his spine with a metal plate and bolts,they had never done this operation before and once again we were informed tony would probably not survive,again he pulled through and survived,
We were told off the RVI that tony had sustained the most cruelist of injuries,He will never breath on his own,he will always be on life support,he will never walk,he will never eat and they said he will never talk,he will have a shortened life ,or a serious infection would end his life ,Tony has had pnemonia three times since christmas ,in which we thought we had lost him those times also,and yet again he pulled through,the consultants say tony is a mystery and unique and they dont no how he is still alive,he has amazed the consultants by regaining some facial movements and learning how to smile ,he can mime and we make communication with him through an electric board,
Its heartbreaking seeing my son like this,and on several occasions he has asked me to end his life,he says he can not live like this trapped in body with no movement,that is not a desicion ,i could make,but because tony is of sound mind,he can refuse all treatment,if he was taken ill.seeing your only son,lying crying asking to end his life is a feeling i cant describe,its just so heartbreaking,We are going to give tony as much normal life as posibble,we have assured him we will be there for him everday,and he will never be alone,after spending months in intensive care,tony is now in rehab,there is nothing they can do for him,no spinal unit ,james cook hospital for one can not do anything for him,we want to give tony for whatever  time he has left, a chance of some normality,we are in process of trying to get tony to his own home,even though he needs 24/7 care ,and will have a care team move in with him,he will be provide with his special bed,all his life support equipment and medical supplies,to keep him alive,he will be provided with physiotherapy for his chest,as he needs a cough assist as he can not swollow,but any physiotherapy for his limbs is not provided,this is the reason for this fundraising,we would like to provide tony with an electric bike that will stimulate his limbs stopping him from getting muscle weakness and stiffining up,we would also like a tilt table which is good for him also,however these two items are out of my budget,and i,m asking for help and support to give tony some quality of life,I dont no how long we are going to have tony with us,he has the same injuries as christopher reeves ,and he survived 10year.Life is so cruel and i never thought one of my children would have to go through this,i would not wish this on my worst enemy,please give tony a little help towards some type of life,it would be much appreciated,
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Update 64
Posted by Pepsie Bygate Cowan
34 months ago
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Today has finally arrived.Tony has come home for good.it has been a long stressful.tearful journey.but now it's tears of joy as we welcome Tony home at last.I would like to say a big thank you to staff at hawthorns who took care of Tony.we will miss you.
Tony coming home
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Update 63
Posted by Pepsie Bygate Cowan
35 months ago
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Just a quick update to let people no Tony should be coming home to his bungalow next month. His sisters are doing a great job of decorating it for him.his care team are currently being trained.his electric chair has arrived.and he is looking forward to using FES bike.photographs will follow. There is still some equipment we could do for Tony so the fundraising is still ongoing.but a big thank you to everyone who has already donated xx
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Update 62
Posted by Pepsie Bygate Cowan
36 months ago
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Just to let everyone no.we have finally getting Tony his FES BIKE.it's a fantastic piece of equipment.and great for spinal injuries.it will help maintain his muscles and keep his heart regulated.
I would like to thank everyone who donated to Tony.s fund and made it posibble to purchase this vital equipment. Thank you so much x
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Update 61
Posted by Pepsie Bygate Cowan
37 months ago
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Well the care package has finally been sorted for tony.
we are to go and meet them on monday.tony is very excited.so now its all systems go for bringing tony home
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Rosie Armstrong
44 months ago
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really inspirational young man! i have a family member who is in a simile situation to tony. can you tell me what spell board you are using? keep up the good work tony and hoping you are all getting the support that you need on your journey home x

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Michelle Watson
44 months ago
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heartbreaking but amazing story that i can relate to ,lets all hope this young man has the best quality of life he deserves x

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Lisa Cowan
44 months ago
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I would like to personally say a huge great thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity , this not only will help my brother but also ourselves as a family in keeping a promise we made to tony that we would do anything possible and be by his side every step of the way , thank you so much we can't thank you all enough , thank you from the bottom of my heart Lisa xxxxxxxxxxxx

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Hayley Jefferson
44 months ago
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Come on guys, every penny helps xxx

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Karen Dawson
44 months ago

Hello Rosie the spelling board we use is called a megabee xx

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Bruce de Grosbois
44 months ago

I went through this in 2006 with a 9mm displacement on the C2 vertebrae. All I can say is keep fighting.

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Paul Bambro
44 months ago

When I left a donation in the comment I put son in law I ment son haha tony your gunna get everything you need mate to live your life as comfortable in in a bad way myself but I keep fighting everyday you will have you ups n downs it's the trauma and thinking your left like that you e proved medical staff wrong upto now so keep proving them wrong mate you have a lovely family nd great friends to support you not mentioning your girlfriend cherish every minute mate and live life as tho your just your normal self with a few adaptions you can do it your strong n still young my friend god less you and all your family n friends

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Clair Holmes
44 months ago

Coming soon to Tesco Chester Le Street we will be holding some fund raising events come in & join us x

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Shirley Turnbull
44 months ago

Very Happy Birthday to Karen, you are all fantastice what a great support Tony has from all of you, I send all my love xxx

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Lesley Peel
44 months ago

The response is amazing, plz keep sharing and get tony to his goal and more xxx

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Funds raised by staff and delegates at the Usdaw NE Divisional Conference.

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ann ruth mctiernan
38 months ago

you have a child in need of medical equipment no matter how old he is, kindest regards to you all xxx

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ann ruth mctiernan
38 months ago

my heart aches for you all xx

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ann ruth mctiernan
38 months ago

love and kind thoughts to you all xxxxx

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ashley turnbull
40 months ago
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41 months ago
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41 months ago
Rosie Armstrong
44 months ago
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really inspirational young man! i have a family member who is in a simile situation to tony. can you tell me what spell board you are using? keep up the good work tony and hoping you are all getting the support that you need on your journey home x

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Michelle Watson
44 months ago
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heartbreaking but amazing story that i can relate to ,lets all hope this young man has the best quality of life he deserves x

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Lisa Cowan
44 months ago
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I would like to personally say a huge great thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity , this not only will help my brother but also ourselves as a family in keeping a promise we made to tony that we would do anything possible and be by his side every step of the way , thank you so much we can't thank you all enough , thank you from the bottom of my heart Lisa xxxxxxxxxxxx

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Hayley Jefferson
44 months ago
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Come on guys, every penny helps xxx

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Karen Dawson
44 months ago

Hello Rosie the spelling board we use is called a megabee xx

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Bruce de Grosbois
44 months ago

I went through this in 2006 with a 9mm displacement on the C2 vertebrae. All I can say is keep fighting.

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Paul Bambro
44 months ago

When I left a donation in the comment I put son in law I ment son haha tony your gunna get everything you need mate to live your life as comfortable in in a bad way myself but I keep fighting everyday you will have you ups n downs it's the trauma and thinking your left like that you e proved medical staff wrong upto now so keep proving them wrong mate you have a lovely family nd great friends to support you not mentioning your girlfriend cherish every minute mate and live life as tho your just your normal self with a few adaptions you can do it your strong n still young my friend god less you and all your family n friends

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Clair Holmes
44 months ago

Coming soon to Tesco Chester Le Street we will be holding some fund raising events come in & join us x

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Shirley Turnbull
44 months ago

Very Happy Birthday to Karen, you are all fantastice what a great support Tony has from all of you, I send all my love xxx

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Lesley Peel
44 months ago

The response is amazing, plz keep sharing and get tony to his goal and more xxx

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