On Saturday we are taking part in the Fun Family 5. A 5km family walk raising funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. I have never written about this on the blog before but Thomas suffered an accident while we were on holiday in June 2016. He landed head first onto concrete from a height of approximately 2m. He was given first aid by our neighbour in the holiday cottages and by an off-duty paramedic from the nearby village, while we waited for the ambulance team to arrive. Once they arrived and treated Thomas, it was decided that an air ambulance was required and he was taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth for assessment. He was given a CT scan which diagnosed a skull fracture with a bleed on the brain, a fractured eye socket and a fractured cheekbone. Due to the neurological damage, the excellent staff at Derriford decided to transfer Thomas again to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Thomas was put into an induced coma and made the journey from Plymouth to Bristol.
The next time we saw Thomas he was in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on a ventilator. He stayed that way until two days later where he was taken off the ventilator and allowed to try and breath on his own with the help of oxygen. He was transferred to the Neuroscience ward the next day to continue his recovery and two days later, he was transferred to Birmingham Children Hospital to be nearer home. After 9 days total in hospital, Thomas was allowed home and spent the summer before he started school recuperating.
Now nearly two years after his accident, Thomas has now been discharged from hospital completely. He spent some time being treated by the Eye Department at Birmingham Children’s Hospital due to muscle and nerve damage around his eye socket. Thomas is now doing really well at school and you would never know that anything had ever happened to him. Over the last two years, we have spent time fundraising for all the charities involved that helped us including the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal, Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We have also raised some funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance as we really do believe that without the air ambulance, Thomas would not have got the care that he needed so soon.
On Saturday, Thomas, Daniel, Auntie Nicola and I along with Frank The Cockerpoo will be doing the Fun Family 5 to raise much-needed funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to enable them to help more families like us. If you would like to donate, please visit our Virgin Money Giving Page. Don’t forget to follow my Facebook Page for updates as we go along!
To donate funds to all the charities involved after Thomas’ accident, please visit our Someone Special Virgin Money Giving Page and your donation will be split equally between the charities.
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We were invited to take part in the Fun Family 5 by Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Our entrance fee has been waived. As you can see we have an excellent reason to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital anyway.