Andrew Walker Rehabilitation Fund

Update posted by Brendan Taaffe On Jul 17, 2018

From the beginning of last week Andrew showed an encouraging daily improvement. The bruising on his heart and lungs has begun to recede and the spleen is recovering well from the surgeries to mend multiple lacerations. By the end of the week he had even managed to stand up with minimal assistance and had taken his first few steps in his hospital room. Although he was in a lot of pain, he was upbeat and positive in his mood and attitude. However, on Friday he woke up in an abnormal amount of pain and was bloated and vomiting. A scan revealed a twist in the upper intestine, and it was initially thought a further surgery would be required. The medical team put a tube into his stomach and withdrew 2 litres of stomach contents, which gave the kink a chance to naturally right itself. Having been bed-ridden the past three days, the tube came out last night and he is back to his positive self. Andrew's good friend, renowned sports therapist Paul Gallagher, went out to Gran Canaria for 5 days to help with his immediate mobility issues, to begin the task of assessing the extent of his injuries and to come up with a rehab plan and timetable. This is Paul's take on the situation...

"The time spent with Andrew in Gran Canaria was important in assessing the situation and to also formulate a plan for Andrew to make the best recovery possible. At the risk of sounding cliched, anyone that knows the man, knows he will make a recovery that will amaze and inspire many.

The first 2 days of my stay were extremely tough for Andrew as his pain levels were very high, any slight movement could cause severe pain and his body would go into a protective spasm. Of course, due to the extensive rib injuries, trying to breath to ease the pain was also difficult as you can imagine...pain medication is far from Andrew's go to "treatment" for pain, but in this case it was extremely helpful.
As difficult as things were, we did manage to come up with a few modifications to moving in the bed to get comfortable and getting in and out of bed.

It was a relief to know the internal organs were healing and function was returning to normal, but looking at the X Rays clearly revealed the extent of the injuries sustained by the skeletal system.
Andrew's right side has been worst affected by the accident, has serious rib fractures from the 2nd rib to the 8th rib and his Acromioclavicular joint has a separation of 1.6cm. The injuries to the left side, in comparison to the right, are not as bad but still has rib fractures from the 4th rib to the 8th rib. We would all love to say the standard 6 week recovery for a rib fracture applies here but the medical team in Gran Canaria are talking months in this case :( All of this is affecting his breathing mechanics, his posture and how he moves, but again, at this early stage of recovery it is to be expected.

There is no doubt Andrew has a long and difficult journey ahead, will encounter unexpected challenges along the way and will need a lot of treatment/therapy/rehab to get to where we all know he wants to go... the World Masters baby, though I feel Toronto 2020 may be a little ambitious given the injuries. But hey, it is Andrew Walker so you never know!! "

Pending the results of a few more tests and scans, the medical team feel confident that Andrew could be moved to his home environment towards the end of the week, where measures have been taken to ensure he will have the equipment and facilities he needs. We are all humbled by the response to this campaign and Maria has again asked me to reiterate her profound gratitude for the donations and comments. Andrew's medical team have been phenomenal throughout this ordeal and are hugely impressed with the rate of his progress. The hard work will begin in a few weeks when his ribs have begun to heal and the rehab can start in earnest. Thank you all so much, and for those who have been in contact with ideas for fundraising events, we'll be in touch soon. One love 💚

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That’s the Andy we know, not a quitter, and we know he will shock and amaze us with his recovery. Andy, Maria, Danam, Jane and all the family, your are in our thoughts and prayers always x

Mary Howe

Update posted by Jul 18

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Update posted by Brendan Taaffe On Jul 06, 2018

Late yesterday he was moved from the high dependency unit to an observation or stepdown room.He is lucid and awake and able for short bouts of conversation and he was in buoyant form last night. Today though, the full extent of the task ahead is dawning on him and he is in intense discomfort as the medical team slowly reduce the pain medication.He is concentrating intensely when the rough patches hit,and although the doctors are very impressed with his recovery rate to date, they are at pains to explain that there will be highs and lows in the coming days and the discomfort may well increase before it begins to improve..

Maria is overwhelmed by the support to date and wants to express her eternal gratitude for all the donations and messages of love and solidarity she is receiving. From Andrews family and friends, I would like to humbly thank you all for your generosity.When his strength improves we will tell Andrew about the campaign, but for now we fear the emotional response he will undoubtedly feel,might unduly stress him and detract from his focus .. thank you all ..So far we are already at 25% of the target in less than two days.Amazing stuff from his athletics family and his wider network of friends.. One love. 💚

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❤ love from home bro

Kevin Walker

Update posted by Jul 07

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Thanks a million for the update!!!

Helen Corbett

Update posted by Jul 06

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We wish you a speedy recovery from everyone in Crookstown Millview Athletic club!!

Sharon Latham

Backed with €100.00 On Jul 23, 2018

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Dear Andrew, We wish you a full and quick recovery. You are in our thoughts Jim and Mary Sheehy

James and Mary Sheehy

Backed with €50.00 On Jul 22, 2018

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Get well soon from mary dillon

Mary Dillom

Backed with €50.00 On Jul 22, 2018

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Darragh Halpenny

Backed On Jul 21, 2018 Amount Hidden

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Backed On Jul 20, 2018 Amount Hidden

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Backed On Jul 19, 2018 Amount Hidden

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Hope all will be fine

Orlaith Ryan

Backed with €20.00 On Jul 19, 2018

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Keith Flynn

Backed with €50.00 On Jul 19, 2018

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What about you Walker. Shocked to see this accident but know you’ll fight back, keeping on keeping on. I look forward to seeing your updates. Be good. X

Noel Stoddart

Backed with €50.00 On Jul 19, 2018

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Backed with €20.00 On Jul 19, 2018

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