A dad who fought his way back to health from a brain haemorrhage that put him in intensive care is taking on a new challenge – scaling Kilimanjaro.
Crane driver David Wilkinson (44) aims to conquer the world’s biggest “walkable mountain” to raise cash for the hospital that saved his life, Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
David spent three days in intensive care, a further seven days in hospital undergoing tests and three months recovering at home.
He said: “Walking down the garden path was a big effort when I first came out of hospital and I couldn’t drive for some weeks.”
The brain haemorrhage happened suddenly last September.
David said: “I like to keep myself fairly fit and I was doing some circuit training at home and without any warning I had a really severe pain in my head, which literally dropped me to my knees.
“I had no idea what it was. It rendered me motionless, I couldn’t stand or anything.”
David somehow managed to raise the alarm as his wife, Debianne, was in a different part of their home in Church Street, Donington.
He was taken first to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital and then to QMC’s intensive care unit.
David said: “The first three days are a bit of a blur. I think maybe your body sort of shuts down and you just literally do what you have to do to survive.”
He said the brain haemorrhage could have killed him outright “depending on the severity and the type” and he now realises how lucky he was.
“The doctors told my wife only 40 per cent of people even make it to hospital,” said David. “Yes, it was a serious thing.”
David, who works for Crowland Cranes, had already planned to scale the 5,895m high mountain with his brother, Tony, who lives in Jersey, but now their October adventure will be in aid of QMC.
He said: “The whole team at Nottingham were so professional and the dedication was second to none.
“The work they do is truly amazing and they help some very poorly people with the best care and attention.”
The father of four has an account where people can donate – www.justgiving.com/David-Wilkinson16