Patient's donation to thank hospital staff who saved his life

REAL DIFFERENCE: Andy Winser with (l-r) members of the physiotherapy and ICU teams Livia Mester, Claire Campbell, Ciaran Hart and Claire Morris

Patient's donation to thank hospital staff who saved his life

by Andy Tong | 3rd January 2019

A MAN from Horsmonden has made an emotional visit to thank the team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [MTW] for saving his life last year.

In appreciation of the staff’s kind-hearted and dedicated professionalism at Maidstone Hospital, Andy Winser has donated a range of equipment to MTW including a Sara-Stedy mobility aide, fans and rehabilitation aids.

In July, Andy Winser was diagnosed with streptococcus Septicemia, an infection in the bloodstream that can travel to different organs.

He spent 15 days in the Intensive Care Unit [ICU] and was put on life support in an induced coma.

“The experience was very scary for my family, who were shown great kindness by the ICU staff,” Andy said.

“I lost 10 kg in weight and almost all of my strength. It was a real shock to find that I couldn’t even lift a cup of water, let alone stand up.”

He added: “The ICU team gave me great encouragement. On my second day out of a coma I was helped to stand up, which was exhausting - but the physiotherapy team and equipment really supported me.

“I owe the team my life, as well as my speedy recovery to full strength, and now I am enjoying life more than ever.”

He highlighted the support he received from high dependency nursing staff and the dietitians and physiotherapists who worked alongside them.

Claire Campbell, MTW’s Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, said: “We are very grateful to Andy and his family for their generous donation, which will make a real difference to patient care.

“The Sara Stedy standing aid enables early rehabilitation and promotes dignity and independence.”

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