Allan was told over the course of several visits in a week to a local medical clinic that he just had a viral infection and to go home and rest. Alison knew that more was going on, and insisted on going to Emergency which saved Allan’s life. Within two hours of arriving at hospital he was unable to breathe and was sedated, intubated, and moved to ICU where he remained in a coma for six weeks.
Every year Guillain- Barré syndrome (GBS) affects about one to two people in every 100,000. GBS is a rare, but serious autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the healthy nerves of the peripheral nervous system.
But Allan has had the most severe form combined with another rare autoimmune disorder which also attacked the central nervous system, the nerves that run down the spinal cord, these devastating disorders completely stripped all the nerves in Allan’s body. This was one of the rarest combinations in the world leaving him unable to move, communicate, or even breathe for himself. Despite this he has continued to fight, finally able to have the ventilator removed after 12 months and working with staff and family to strengthen muscles as his nerves slowly repair. He has managed to endure this with amazing strength, resilience and positivity, his sense of humour and wit never far from the surface.
After spending the last 18 months in hospital, with one of the rarest cases in the world, Allan slowly made enough progress to be moved to rehab in mid-April. Unfortunately, he suffered a setback falling ill with pneumonia and was transferred back to hospital but is now back at rehab and making more slow gains.
Despite this he is determined to get home. One of the first crucial steps in getting Allan home, to live as normal a life as possible, is having a wheelchair accessible car. NDIS can help, but only to a certain extent. They will convert a car for Allan’s wheelchair, but with strict specifications on the type of car.
(A short visit home over christmas.... he needed nurses and to rent so much special equipment)
Allan and Alison have made the decision to sell Allan’s pride and joy, his Audi. This still will not be enough, so they are calling on their community to help donate towards a car for NDIS to convert.
This donation has been set up with full approval of Allan, Alison and family. Any donations will go directly to them for a car. Allan was a huge part of the Seaford soccer club coaching for many years and getting home will enable him to be able to watch his two boys participate in a sport he adores. He has now missed two years of his son's birthdays, let's help bring him home so he doesn't miss any more.
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