Tuesday, 14 August 2012
My email is to secure some assistance for a family in desperation.
My friends, Bethan and Stephen Brunell of 43, Meadow Road, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood NP12 2AG have recently secured a referral for Mr. Brunell to be transfered to Royal Free Hospital, London into the care of Dr. Desmond Kidd.
Steve is a 43 year old RAF veteran of 22 years. He served his country globally for most of his adult life, and was injured serving in Afghanistan. A minor injury turned out to be a broken neck vertebrae and the second operation to correct this was never recovered from.
Steve has been in hospital since 27th June with severe neurological problems which have left him 70% deaf, with permanent vertigo, diplopia, limb ataxia, cognitive problems, partial incontinence, the list goes on. It might be easier if I explained that he is totally bed bound and can only be hoisted.
A year ago, Steve's consultant, Dr. Fady Joseph, expressed that he was completely out of ideas as to the cause/origin/treatment of Steve's condition but sadly his condition has deteriorated quicker than "the system" has been able to care for him. His condition is now such that he needs an immediate transfer to London as he is not currently being treated or investigated in any way and every day he gets a little bit worse.
I trust you will already be aware of more details about the case than I can make you aware of here, but if you require any further information you can visit the blog Bethan is writing about their battle. It is www.fightingforsteve.blogspot.com and multiple articles in regional and local papers can be found if you simply Google "Stephen Brunell".
I simply wish to add my name to the list of concerned individuals that are pushing for Steve to get some treatment immediately. He is a much loved family man with a great many friends.