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Joanne Brigdale

5k Family Walk

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My story

[p]Thomas suffered an accident while we were on holiday in June 2016. He landed head first onto concrete from a height of approximately 2m. He was given first aid by our neighbour in the holiday cottages and by an off-duty paramedic from the nearby village, while we waited for the ambulance team to arrive.[/p][p]Once they arrived and treated Thomas, it was decided that an air ambulance was required and he was taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth for assessment. He was given a CT scan which diagnosed a skull fracture with a bleed on the brain, a fractured eye socket and a fractured cheekbone. Due to the neurological damage, the excellent staff at Derriford decided to transfer Thomas again to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Thomas was put into an induced coma and made that journey from Plymouth to Bristol. With us not far behind.[/p][p]The next time we saw Thomas he was in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on a ventilator. He stayed that way until two days later where he was taken off the ventilator and allowed to try and breath on his own with the help of oxygen. He was transferred to the Neuroscience ward the next day to continue his recovery and two days later, he was transferred to Birmingham Children Hospital to be nearer home. After 9 days in the hospital, Thomas was allowed home and spent the summer recuperating.[/p][p]Now nearly two years after his accident, Thomas has now been discharged from hospital completely. He spent some time being treated by the Eye Department at Birmingham Children's Hospital due to muscle and nerve damage around his eye socket. [/p][p]We would like to thank Birmingham Children's Hospital for all their help and we are doing this 5k to help other families in need. [/p][p]Any support greatly appreciated [/p][p][br][/p]

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Jul 2, 2018

Sarah Triv

Happy to support your fundraiser, especially as a fellow midlander with family members who worked in that hospital. Glad to hear Thomas has made such a brilliant recovery under their care.


Jun 16, 2018


Good luck

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