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Weekly Edition - Published  27 June 2016

 

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Scouser Tommy thanks Royal by becoming Hospital Hero

Tommy with his wife Jacqueline, who passed away in August 2015

A patient at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital wants to pay tribute to staff for saving his sight and for the care his wife Jacqueline received in her final hours, following a sudden stroke. 76 year old Tommy Adams, a retired construction worker from Garston, will walk 4 miles along the Liverpool waterfront in R Charity's Hospital Hero Walk, on Sunday, 26 June 2016.

In 2014, after a check up with his optician, Tommy was told he would require 2 routine operations to remove cataracts from both eyes. Tommy made the decision to use private healthcare through his wife's healthcare plan and was happy with the initial results in the days after the operation.

However, following his first procedure and after a follow up appointment, Tommy started to lose sight in one eye.  "Everything seemed fine. I went for an appointment with my wife and the doctor administered some eye drops, but on my way home, I realised something was not right. I started to notice my sight going and started to panic. My wife phoned the doctor again and after a wait we went back to see the doctor, who told us to go to the Royal immediately."

Tommy was rushed to St. Paul's Eye Unit in a bid to save his vision in the one damaged eye.  "There was a team waiting for me when I arrived to treat me and I was rushed to surgery straight away.  I was terrified, but the team at the Royal saved my sight and for that I am eternally grateful."

Since his operation, Tommy received regular check ups at the Royal and underwent treatment to successfully remove the cataract from his other eye. "I'm 76, but feel like a 21 year old. You do not appreciate your sight until you have a problem with it.  I can drive a car without glasses. I can hit a golf ball and even better, I can find the same ball after I've lost it!  I've taken chocolates into the hospital, but I can't thank them enough. That's just 1 of the reasons why I want to take part in the walk."

Tommy will walk the four miles along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to raise funds for R Charity

Since Tommy's sight was saved, he has had to deal with the tragic loss of his wife Jacqueline.  In August 2015 at the age of 70, was rushed to the Royal following a sudden stroke.

Jacqueline sadly died hours after arriving at the Royal, but Tommy was grateful for the care she received.  "Jacqueline was the most beautiful person. It was very sudden, but the she received exceptional care and attention from staff.  She was very comfortable at the end and surrounded by loved ones. I think there was a smile on her face when she passed.  I want to raise money to thank staff and to make sure my relatives and other people from Merseyside can benefit from this hospital in the future. I hope I won't have to use the new hospital, but it makes you feel extremely lucky to have a service like this on your doorstep."

Tommy will walk R Charity's Hospital Hero Walk with his daughter Toni. The walk costs just £5 and under 10s go free. Heroes taking part in the walk, no matter how big or small, will receive their very own superhero cape to wear and take home with them.  To register for R Charity's Hospital Hero Walk, contact the R Charity fundraising team email, or you can call:- 0151 706 3150, plus you can also go online.

 

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