On Friday 8 September, Jacob Hotten (pictured above, second right, bottom row), 20, and his family will participate in the Thames Moonlight 10k Walk to raise funds for the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity.
Jacob is taking on the challenge to say thank you to our staff after undergoing life-saving surgery at Queen’s Hospital earlier this year when he was diagnosed with a Pott’s puffy tumour, a rare condition that had not been seen in our hospital for ten years.
Following the operation, his brain swelled to dangerous levels which meant Jacob needed further surgery and spent nine days in a coma. Since being taken off a ventilator, Jacob has made great progress.
Before his diagnosis in April, he was in his first year of studying engineering at Lincoln University. During his recovery in hospital, Jacob manged to take some of his exams and passed them all.
On Wednesday 9 August, Jacob and his mum Carla visited Queen’s Hospital to thank the staff who cared for him.
Carla said: "The staff we’re out of this world, I can’t thank them enough."
Clare Harrynarine, sister in our Neuro ITU, said: "It was a pleasure looking after Jacob and his wonderful family. I am so pleased to see that he is recovering well.”
Jacob said: "I owe this hospital my life, giving back to its charity is the least I can do."
You can donate via Jacob’s GoFundMe page.