04th Sep 2015
The day started like any other. I worked all morning and then popped out for lunch. On the drive back to work on the University of Greenwich’s Chatham Campus, I suffered a brain aneurysm while at the wheel of my car.
Before coming to a halt, I hit two other cars, and it is a miracle that no major damage was caused to either of the vehicles or, more importantly, their passengers.
The Air Ambulance landed at the nearby Brompton Barracks, disturbing the Royal Engineers on parade, and seventeen minutes after take-off, we landed at the helipad at St George’s Hospital in London and I was rushed to A&E.
I was in the resuscitation area, or resus, when my partner Sue and our sons arrived. The nursing staff told them I only had a 15 per cent chance of survival and that the next hours would be critical - they should probably prepare for the worst.
I knew nothing about what happened until I woke up six days later after a seven-hour operation by some of the best surgeons in the world for brain injuries.
Amazingly, two weeks after that, I was back home in Swanscombe, and it was not long before I returned to work. I’ve since made some major changes to my lifestyle, including giving up smoking, changing my job, reducing my stress and changing my diet, and I am also keeping a close eye on my blood pressure.
It’s not all been plain sailing. The aneurysm has left an impact on me as a person but I’m still here and that’s all down to the paramedics, the Air Ambulance and the team at St George’s.
When this all happened, Sue and I had been together for 18 years. The whole episode really focused our minds on the fact you can be here one minute and gone the next. We tied the knot in May 2016 and she now calls me her ‘miracle man’.
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