‘I won’t give up after tumours,’ says Moulton Chapel man

Robert Hunt. ANL-150429-144921001
Robert Hunt. ANL-150429-144921001
  • Victim fought his way back from brain tumour only to be hit again

A Moulton Chapel man who is fighting his way back to mobility after two brain tumours has vowed he will never give up.

Robert Hunt (65) was expecting to have been officially asked to leave Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital today, in spite of fearing he was unready to cope after suffering two falls at home.

It’s been heartbreaking seeing his mood change since his falls

Wife Annie

But after a meeting with hospital staff yesterday the request was postponed until Lifeline and Telecare support is put in place.

However, his wife Annie said it was the friends and family who turned out to support him who had really made the difference because they still believed in him.

Annie said: “We can’t fault the nursing and care at the hospital but we didn’t think he was ready to leave.

“Before the meeting he was feeling very down about his future after being offered psychiatric help - it was like being told to accept he would never get any better. But after today he’s ready to fight back, with the support of the NHS.

“He did it before with hours of pilates and exercises at the gym, as well as private physiotherapy sessions – and he will again.”

The Spalding Guardian was touched by the story of Robert Hunt’s fight back after operations for two brain tumours following a call from a family friend, Deborah Scales.

She said: “He’s always been a glass half full sort of guy. After everything he’s been through, he’s not the sort of person to complain.

“Until 10 years ago when he had his first operation for a brain tumour, he was a highways engineer at Peterborough City Council – he’s got three university degrees.

“Robert astounded doctors by the way he recovered – but he put in the hard work.

“The last operation two years ago affected three limbs. Recovery is slow but there has been some improvement – and a lot of laughter along the way. You should see us going through the woods with a wheelchair.

“It’s been heartbreaking seeing his mood change since his falls after Christmas and ending up in hospital again. All he needs is physiotherapy and people to believe in him.”