Three years ago, a stroke caused me to sustain a fall whilst on holiday in Spain causing a significant injury to my head. I underwent a craniotomy and spent 6 weeks in an induced coma in Carlos Haya Regional Hospital in Malaga before being air-lifted back to St James Hospital under the care of neurologist Dr Colin Doherty.
The outlook in Spain from the outset was very bleak and I was not expected to survive. Back in Dublin, the prognosis was no more positive. My family were told that IF I survived, that there was every possibility I would require care for the rest of my life. The damage caused to my head was likely to result in me being brain damaged, blind and paralysed….
Now I am determined to give back to the hospital that got me back on my feet and to help others with brain related conditions. St James’s Hospital treat a large number of patients with a range of brain diseases, including; Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neurone and other complex brain diseases.
Help me to help St. James’s Hospital and give others the same fighting chance I had!