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Earlier this year John was working outside up a ladder in Shortwood, Nailsworth when he suffered a heart attack and fell 20ft onto a concrete patio.
Luckily John was working for an ex-Nurse and an off duty GP was nearby who was able to give him CPR straight away saving his life. They called an ambulance and he was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where he remained in Intensive Care for 4 weeks. During the fall John sustained life changing injuries as well as the heart attack.
John had multiple fractures in his neck and spine leaving him paralysed from the waist down. He was then transferred to Salisbury District Hospital who have a specialised Spinal unit where he is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
We are all hoping that John will be able to come home during 2018 but he will need a wheelchair to get out and about and ongoing care as well as regular physio. John is a very active person and is enthusiastic to get back to the outdoors.
Our friends, family and the community have all been fantastic support already helping raise funds towards getting the equipment and treatment that John will need once he’s home.
WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND SUPPORT
Feb 2021Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 07:33 pm
We thought you'd like to hear the latest from JohnHi Everyone,I'm hoping that you're all OK in these worrying times. In this last month or so I have almost recovered from a pressure sore on my backbone. This along with covid has stopped me from exercising as often as I. . . . .
Update from John. March 2019Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 11:48 am
Hi everyone, It’s been 12 months since leaving Salisbury hospital. The 'Beast from the East' was at its worse on that day, and it made for a stunning, if not a little bit fraught journey back home to Gloucestershire.My year since has been a real learning curve. I seem to. . . . .
Update from John - July 3rd 2018Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 09:35 pm
Dear allWhat a fantastic summer we're having! Since my last article I really can't remember seeing any rain - to me it feels like the summer of 76. Our old cat Kipper, now 19, is spending most of his time asleep in the shade, bless him.My overall well-being has been. . . . .
John’s diary update - May 25th 2018Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 11:37 am
Hi everyone, This last month has been a real mixed bag of things going right and wrong.I'm having trouble with an injury that turned septic and even after two courses of antibiotics it's still not healed and frustratingly getting in the way of physio to my legs.On the plus side,having. . . . .
John’s update 24thUpdate posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 01:35 pm
Hi everyone,what a few weeks that's been, a massive thank-you to all of you who have put themselves out for me.Di Styles and family raised nearly £1500 at her clothes sale at Egypt Mill on Friday 13th April. I know that day would've taken a lot of organisation and hard. . . . .
John’s update - April 11th 2018Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 11:24 am
Hello everyone, it's now six weeks since leaving hospital and I can't actually believe how strong and healthy I'm feeling. I'm being driven really hard by Mick the Physio,every hour we work together I'm seeing the results of the effort. The muscles in my legs are starting to respond to. . . . .
March 15th 2018 - update from JohnUpdate posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 06:09 pm
My first ten days since leaving hospital have been really good for me, not without challenges and a whole heap of new things to get used to, but sleeping so we'll and seeing the return of my appetite which had to be put on hold around hospital food. The two. . . . .
John - February 2018Update posted by Louise Taylor Bowen at 04:09 pm
John has made tremendous progress at the Spinal Unit in Salisbury and is looking forward to the next part of his journey when he moves to Sandhurst near Gloucester with Lou at the beginning of March. He will continue with regular physiotherapy rehabilitation sessions and is so looking forward to. . . . .
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