On the 23 rd September 2019, Georgia, my youngest daughter aged 22 years old, was hit by a double decker bus in London, at a very busy junction in Clapham Common while crossing the road. She can’t remember the exact details of the accident but within 48 hours, she had to have her right leg amputated 10 cm below her knee. As you can imagine, this has been a tremendous shock for Georgia, her family and everyone who knows her. She has been ( and continues to be) incredibly brave, courageous and generally positive as she knows how lucky she was to survive at all. It could have been so much worse. She was in the Trauma ward at Kings College Hospital in London for 4 weeks followed by 4 weeks in an Amputee Rehabilitation Unit where the continuous NHS care was outstanding. She was lucky to have received such amazing care. The support and love from friends and family from around the world has also been incredible. This is what has kept Georgia, myself and our family going day to day. Georgia is in her final year at Leeds University, and her main wish from the moment the accident happened was to be able to rejoin her university course and to be back living with her friends in her Uni house which she managed to do a month ago. Unfortunately, the reality of trying to live in a house with lots of stairs is proving extremely difficult. Currently Georgia is mainly in her wheelchair and unable to use her prosthetic as her leg is still so swollen. It will take at least a year or so before it is fully healed and she can walk for more than a few hours using a prosthetic leg. But eventually, I know Georgia will want to be doing everything she can physically like walking, running, swimming, skiing and most importantly, dancing! She has a basic prosthetic leg given to her by the NHS, however if she wants to be able do all the things above she will need to have a custom-designed prosthetic leg. They are unfortunately, very expensive and is not something that we as a family have access to. A specialist prosthetic leg can cost up to and in the region of £50,000 plus. Or, if we want to explore new innovative treatments for Amputees moving forward and which are available, we would need to currently go with private Consultants. Then there are ongoing costs involved. With the age that she is now she will need to have new prosthetic legs every five years or so, plus ongoing prosthetic physiotherapy and all the other related costs for the rest of her life. At this point in time ( just over 5 months since the accident) it is not looking likely that there will be any recourse for any costs to be awarded to Georgia through any claims against the bus company insurance.
She has been such an inspiration to everyone in how she has dealt with the impact of what happened to her and she wants to be able to help and inspire people who are facing difficulties in their lives just like her.
By Juliet Stannard, Georgia’s mother
My Goddaughter Georgia
I have known the Stannard family now for around 27 years. Georgia is my goddaughter. Many of you will already know the tragedy the family experienced on Boxing Day in 2004. They were all together in Khao Lak, just north of Phuket, Thailand, with friends celebrating Christmas when the Asian Tsunami happened. Tragically, Simon (Georgia, Lucy and Charlie’s father) was taken by the 40 foot high wave of water. Khao Lak was particularly badly hit that Boxing Day morning. Simons body has never been found and the repercussions of the trauma for all the Stannard family are still felt today. For the children to grow up without their father has been especially tough and his absence is felt every day of their lives. The family have had more than their fair share of bad luck and tragedy.
Georgia has been an absolute inspiration since her accident and shown such resilience. This is what Georgia had to say in an Instagram posting just 7 weeks after her accident a few months ago-
“I am so lucky to still be here, a weird sort of relief as if I’ve been given another chance. I’ve still got a seriously long way to go - my leg hurts most of the day and my walking needs a lot more practice. But right now I can’t wait to go out there and LIVE to the absolute full. Life is so beautifully exciting and we are all so lucky to live it!” Inspirational words.
I know there are so many friends out there that want to help so by starting this GoGetFunding page dedicated to Georgia we can help her on her way to leading a normal life as possible. Funds raised for Georgia will either go towards a specialist prosthetic leg that is customised for her and will be so much more comfortable and easier to use or there is also another possibility with a procedure that is relatively new in the UK but well established in Australia and that is Osseointegration. Georgia would need to first be assessed for this. Either way with the technology of the prosthetics that are available we can help to make it happen for Georgia.
Any help you feel you can give to Georgia will be hugely appreciated by her and her family and will make such a massive difference to her quality of life.
By Sarah James
Donations through Go Get Funding are of course most welcome. All currencies are accepted. The website card processing fees is around 7%, so there is an option to transfer donations directly to Juliet and Georgias account in UK.
Barclays Bank Account
Ms J Stannard Re Georgia Chloe Stannard
Sort Code 20-16-99
Ac no: 90472085
Please put Georgia Fund as reference.
Thank you all so very much.
Videos showing Georgia’s progress over the last 5 months ...