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43 Year Old RAF Veteran Battles For NHS Treatment
Steve Brunell, 43, born in Barnard Castle, now living in Blackwood, South Wales, has an “attributable to service” injury that Doctors are struggling to diagnose.
He has areas of inflammation in his brain which have caused him to lose control of his limbs, create severe on going pain, cause massive muscle spasms and have severely affected his hearing. He also has permanent vertigo, tinnitus, and inability to move independently at all.
2 years ago he was making a recovery from the 2nd operation he received to try to fix a broken neck vertebra, sustained in a minor accident while serving in Afghanistan. Due to it’s presentation it was not diagnosed for 18 months.
Steve’s speech and cognitive abilities are also affected and his deterioration is often and rapid. Despite this he has to contend with consultant appointment waits of between 4 and 6 months, a CT scan was completed today having been booked in April, and this being the first since approximately November last year. Steve also has severe depression and severe PTSD, none of these are being addressed, in any way.
Steve feels as if he’s being left to die, his deterioration is so rapid, and there appears to be no sense of urgency in his treatments, now that the local neurological consultant has drawn a blank. He asked to be referred to the London Neurological Hospital and was told he would have to have a second opinion locally before referral. He received the request letter for the 2nd opinion for 4 months, no appointment.
A Facebook campaign group has been started and has 250 followers in 3 days. There is also a blog www.fightingforsteve.blogspot.
com which has had several thousand page hits and on Twitter #FightingForSteve
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Bethan Brunell (Wife) –
Also had VERY long conversation with local newspaper from Barnard Castle. Good start I think - today's work is thanks to Jo Read