William Barnes Support Fund

Update posted by William Barnes On Nov 25, 2013

William is almost back to normal! He enjoys being at home with his family and the only problems with his amazing recovery are a very slight memory impairment and a leg that is still giving trouble in its healing process; there is a 20 degree bend in the repaired leg and William needs further examination and treatment of this. Otherwise, there are small issues remaining, such as some dental work, but everyone is thankful that the 'old' William is now at the fore, and his recovery progresses well. Even the cheeky grin and bad jokes are there! He can't wait to get out and about and do the things he loves, and despite his bad leg, he can walk and be a complete nuisance when he wants to be! 

Today, the East Anglian Daily Times has an article on William and his progress. There is also a brief outline of this on the EADT website. 

The family and supporters are forever grateful to all parties who have been there for William and who have made life easier for his family. It's been said before, but we can't thank people enough. Thank you!

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Update posted by William Barnes On Nov 12, 2013

Good news! I met William today and saw for myself just how well he has progressed. He has a wheelchair, but often uses just a crutch to get around - and boy, can he move! He is fully functional apparently, can hold a short conversation and does understand most of what is said. He remembers very little of the accident, but can recall the helicopter ride! He is now at home, having been discharged from hospital care, and seems to be thriving well. He has a wicked sense of humour and resembles now the old William we all loved. There are - in the opinion of medical staff - still 2 years for full rehabilitation, during which time William will need extensive dental treatment, and his memory needs building up as well, as he still remains confused now and again. He is incredibly hungry, and this - it is thought - is due to some brain degradation; in short, his brain does not have the capacity to tell him when his tummy is full! Apart from this, it is all good news, and William appears to be, once again, William - if you understand! Because William is now receiving care at home from his family, there is probably no further requirement to raise funds in order to assist, so to everyone who has contributed, the family would like to express sincere and grateful thanks to all. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update posted by William Barnes On Oct 17, 2013

William's Auntie and Uncle (me) visited William yesterday. He is on Ward D2 now, having been moved out of the Critical Care Unit, and seems to be progressing well. He is eager to be up and about, but as yet cannot get out of bed, without help from his parents - and then only to go to the toilet. 

He is speaking short phrases, and interacts with some people in a restricted way, but is still unable to talk long sentences. He can ask for the toilet, speaks short phrases to his mum and dad, and answers some questions: I asked him what his bear was named, and he replied 'Arron'! He responds sometimes to others' questions, but uses few words; he seems to be confused when strangers are in the room.

However, he is comfortable, feeling some pain - which he can describe, and for which the nursing staff were preparing painkilling medicine for him to take - and seems to like watching the TV above his bed. We are not yet sure how much he 'takes in' but he was active, awake and always happy that his mum and dad were there. He is ensconced in a special bed, which prevents him from falling or climbing out, and he has a nurse by his bedsde 24/7 if his parents are not in attendance.

It is still early days yet, but things look more promising. He gets tired easily and is receiving speech therapy, and it is hoped he can be moved nearer home, maybe Ipswich Hospital, sometime in the near future. This was discussed with medical staff yesterday, but it was decided William is not yet stable enough to be moved. The issue will be raised again in due course. He is eating well now, and even had chocolate yesterday!

Everyone is very grateful for the care William is receiving, and the family are truly thankful for the kind words and deeds of everyone who has contributed. They have no choice but to stay in Cambridge, until such time as William can be moved nearer home. The contributions so far received have helped tremendously, so the family would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone. 

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Update posted by William Barnes On Oct 08, 2013
Good news on the William Barnes front. He is more alert, awake, speaking a few words - although finding it difficult to convey his needs - and eating and drinking by mouth. He has been moved to a special bed, which prevents him from injuring himself or falling out, as he still has some spasmodic movements and feels pain. He is due to have an MRI scan in the near future. But generally, things are beginning to look somewhat promising. Just one thing, William: you now have a teddy bear in your bed! Thanks to everyone who has donated, more needed to support the family, if you can help. Thanks also to all the small and various collections around the area which are gratefully received by the family, and they thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
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Update posted by William Barnes On Oct 02, 2013

William had a bit of a bad night, apparently the Glasgow Coma Scale (a scale used by medics to determine brain activity) dipped into single figures. This gave some cause for concern at the time. He had a scan, which fortunately showed no sign of bleeding in the brain, and this morning was back up to 'normal' status again.

Today, his supporting collar (to restrain movement of the neck) was removed, and it was felt he was much more comfortable as a result. His mum has reported he gave her two 'hugs' later this evening, so things appear to be progressing, but, as in cases such as William's, the underlying damage (if any) to his head and brain cannot be determined at the moment. He remains unconscious.

His family would like to state how grateful they are that William's cause has been made public, and say they are 'staggered' by the wonderful support from far and wide; many donations and wishes from people who are strangers, on the other side of the world. Thank you one and all.

 

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Update posted by William Barnes On Sep 30, 2013

Latest information is that although William is now breathing for himself and moving now and again, he is still not waking up properly. Updates will be made as events occur, but the medical team are unable to state what (if any) consequences of his injuries remain, until he fully wakes. He is in marvellous hands though, so all fingers are crossed.

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Update posted by William Barnes On Sep 29, 2013

Good news at last. William has been taken off the ventilator and is now moving his body, which is very encouraging. He still has not opened his eyes, but we understand he has flickered them now and again. It appears he has responded to simple instructions from medical staff, such as gripping their fingers etc. The accident happened a week ago, and he has been kept in a comatose state since then, due to his severe (and life threatening) injuries. The latest news, received tonight, is encouraging and as further events take place, I will update here. Meanwhile, thank you to everyone who has contributed, it is an amazing world!

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All the best from your old classmate Brighid and the rest of the Shelton family (former Eastonites). We've been following your progress from Auckland, New Zealand and are so glad you are doing sooooo well. Keep up the good work! Hope you had time to watch the All Blacks win against England! Maree, Derek, Keely, Alana and Brighid.

Shelton family

Backed with £20.00 On Nov 27, 2013

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good luck to you and william

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Backed On Nov 25, 2013 Amount Hidden

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William is one of our regular attendees on the Go With the Flow Youth Bus. We really miss his bright smile and enthusiasm for life. All the bus staff wish him a speedy recovery. :)

Tim Allen

Backed with £10.00 On Nov 14, 2013

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Keep going William! Xxx

Mel, Sarah and William

Backed with £8.00 On Nov 03, 2013

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Get well soon William and keep fighting! Xx

Staff and Clients at Bentwaters Studio in Rendlesham

Backed with £47.00 On Oct 30, 2013

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Many thanks to Rendlesham Community Primary School for their wonderful donation, can't thank everyone personally who took part in the fund-raising event at the school, but everyone of you is fantastic - pupils, teachers and parents. Thank you!

William Barnes

Posted On Oct 25, 2013

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Rendlesham Community Primary School

Backed with £215.00 On Oct 24, 2013

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Keep going William

Shakira Murkin Horan

Posted On Oct 20, 2013

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Bit more for you William, Sharon and Peter :) xx

Sarah, Mel and William

Backed with £20.00 On Oct 18, 2013

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