Doreen Abel - why I abseiled down the side of St Thomas’
‘My partner of 25 years proposed on New Year’s Eve 2016, but collapsed on New Year’s Day suffering severe sepsis. Thanks to Guy’s and St Thomas’ we shall be married this year’.
‘I did the abseil on 12 May to show my appreciation for the care Ian has received at Guy’s and St Thomas’. In the first instance it was the first response that was so amazing. It took the ambulance nine minutes to get to Ian and five paramedics literally kept him alive for two hours in my bathroom. The paramedics knew it was severe sepsis straight away. The medical team were however very calming. They knew exactly what the problem was and got Ian straight to the hospital, making sure he was getting plenty of fluids.
‘It was never just about Ian either, as the doctors took an interest in my well-being by ensuring that I was doing well and mentally able to cope with the situation. They were very well aware of just how terrified I was too, and so ensured that I was put at ease. The doctors also ensured that I was always close to everything that happened. They informed me about Ian’s progress and always kept me in the loop. It has made me feel a part of Ian’s progress over the months.
‘Blood clots caused brain damage to Ian and that is what he is being mainly treated for at the moment. Initially, he had no sensation in his hand and as time has gone on, he’s got tiny movement in his fingers, showing he is responding to treatment.
‘I see Ian hoisted every day out of his bed for treatment and I thought, if he can be hoisted up to get better, then I can be hoisted up out of my comfort zone and raise money by doing the abseil!
‘I was absolutely terrified about the prospect of doing an abseil but I did it and loved it!’