Last Friday night Merv left my house complaining about a bad head and went home two hours later his wife Claire phoned saying he had been sick and wasn't feeling well and couldn't talk the next day he was taken to hospital where he went into a coma and after a ct scan he was found to have a massive bleed on the brain and needed to be operated on immediately
After a seven hour operation the surgeon managed to stop the bleeding and said himself it was the biggest bleed he had ever seen and couldn't work out how Merv was still alive
Visiting him last night as he is now out off the critical ward was good to see my best friend and fellow fell walker awake well sort of but looking good to say what he has been through plus the biggest scar any grandchild would be impressed at
things are still in the early stages and its going to be a long time getting him back to his former self but its going the right way to a full recovery we hope
I will keep you all informed how he is doing and even get a picture as I'm sure he wants to show his man scar to you all
Thank god for the NHS and all the people who were there to save his life
My heart goes out to all his family who at one point thought they were going to lose there dad and husband
Rob, glad to hear Merv is on the mend, fingers crossed he makes a full recovery and is back out walking the fells soon! A similar thing happened with my mum a few years ago, but sadly it wasn't caught in time and passed away after a few days in a coma ... (
Glad to hear the doctors were able to come to the rescue, what a terrible and worrying experience for his family when it happened. Do hope he can make a full recovery and we'll see him out and about again soon.
Rob, before reading this I had just heard from Lindsay about him being in a coma so I am very relieved to get this news so soon after. he has been very , very lucky indeed. I know from my Accident and Emergency days how critical these things cam be. Be thankful that it seems to have initially seems to have been a slow bleed from the onset of symptoms to things getting much worse. many folk just don't get that chance ! Thank goodness for Merv. It really puts your cramp into context don't it mate !
As I was only conversing with Merv last week after your walk i would like ( and sure others would also ) send a card. Please either post an address or PM me with something.
Look me up on www.artbyraybradshaw.com I like to paint people enjoying the outdoors in and around the English Countryside. Mainly the Lakes and the Dales. More recently the urban scene is included. I would like to think that if AW was alive today, if he didn't appreciate my talent, he would at least get my humour.
Good news indeed that Merv is on the mend. When you PM'd me via Lindsay the other day I couldn't believe it. He seemed too be on improved form on the Barf / Lord's Seat trip.
Lets hope he is soon on the hoof again with us, but I think we will have to start with a few gentle routes so tell him that when you see him - he can pick where he would like to go during the glorious summer we are bound to have ;D
PM me with your address Rob so I can despatch a card.
Glad to hear Merv is on the mend and i hope he makes a speedy recovery. He has been so very lucky.
Please pass on my best wishes.
The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal, always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest, the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind & body. AW- Book 7 The Western Fells.