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Patient's generous donation to ITU team who cared for him - 14 August 2019

Patient's generous donation to ITU team who cared for him - 14 August 2019

190808 Paul Wood Hayley 's Huff And PuffA patient has returned to the Intensive Treatment Unit to thank the staff who helped save his life – and hand over a donation of equipment he credits for helping his road to recovery.

Paul Wood remembers calling NHS 111 on New Year’s Eve but nothing more for more than a week after he was rushed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.

He was suffering with a perforated bowel, sepsis, septic shock, pneumonia and a collapsed lung.

Initially Mr Wood, who lives at Cotford St. Luke, Taunton, was taken to the ITU, where he spent a week in a medically induced coma, followed by a week in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) before moving to Montacute Ward.

“When I couldn’t sleep at night and my mind was working overtime I thought ‘if I really came that close, I want to do something positive to say thank you,” Mr Wood said.

“I didn’t realise how unwell I was at the time – it almost feels like it happened to someone else."

A piece of equipment Mr Wood used with one of the physiotherapists working on ITU was a Cough Assist, which helps people to achieve an effective cough and help clear the lungs.

When he first used the device with physiotherapist Hayley, Mr Wood said it was not a pleasant experience but over time he realised what a difference it made to his health.

“Every time I saw her walk in with it I thought ‘oh no’ but she did it about five or six times and one day, about ten minutes after she left I could feel the difference in my lungs,” he said.

“From then on, everything was just an improvement – I started to get out and sit in the chair and then to walk up and down the room twice and then gradually a bit more and more.

“So many people helped me here but some really stand out. The physical side really turned around with Hayley and then there were all the wonderful nurses.

“I knew I wanted to buy a Cough Assist to help other people, and I wanted to name it Hayley’s Huff ‘n’ Puff, so it’s great to see the plaque on it.”

Critical Care Lead Nurse, Kath Robinson, said: “We are delighted that Mr Wood has made such a good recovery.  It’s so rewarding for the Critical Care team to see patients who have returned to their normal lives after they have left our care.”

Lead Physiotherapist, Connie Snell, added: “It’s the best part of our job when we see former patients, and it’s lovely that Mr Wood has presented us with Hayley’s Huff ‘n’ Puff to benefit other patients.”