Connie Chandler is running the London Marathon this year for Thames Valley Air Ambulance because they saved her Mum’s life.
On 28th January 2015 I got a phone call to say that my Mum was involved in an accident and she was being airlifted to hospital. I rallied my family and we went straight to the hospital. Once at the John Radcliff we were put into a family room and waited for details of what happened. After what seemed like hours we were informed that Mum had sustained a severe head injury, with a broken collar bone and several broken ribs, it was decided that she was to be placed in a medical induced coma to allow the pressure on her brain to reduce.
I can’t begin to explain what my Mum looked like when we first saw her that afternoon, she was lifeless, with what looked like tubes going in and out of her. She was sent to the intensive care unit, where she stayed for about a week until a bed on the Neuro Intensive Care ward was available. This ward is the most amazing, high tech place I have ever seen. When the time came to bring her out of the coma it was evident that her brain injury was much worse than first thought.
It was at this point that we all thought that she wouldn’t make it, but thankfully Mum being Mum was strong and she never gave up. Even when she was more alert she was so confused, but after many weeks in the rehab unit she learnt to walk again and began to try and take care of her personal needs with much help and support from the staff and from all the family.
There were many times when she was frustrated at not being able to do every day things and she had good and bad days, but eventually she came home in June 2015. With ongoing help and support from family and many support groups Mum is well on her way to adapting to her new life.
I have always been an avid supporter of the air ambulance, but like most people I have never expected that anyone in my immediate family would ever need to use it. But it is clear to say that without the air ambulance my Mum certainly wouldn’t be here today, my family and I can’t thank enough the Air Ambulance staff, the paramedics and all the wonderful people at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Words are not enough to convey our gratitude. Therefore please help me raise as much money as possible for this amazing charity, you never know when you or someone you love might need it. Thanks you for your time and generosity.
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