Paul Pickford from Bolton was fit and healthy and ran a car dealership until two years ago. In November 2012 at the age of 42 he suffered a brain stem stroke while at work. He is now paralysed and cared for by his wife Vicky.
Paul explained via his Tobii i-12 eye gaze computer, which speaks whatever he types: “I was taken to hospital where, for a variety of care related reasons, I spent 14 months as an in-patient. I was discharged in January 2014 paralysed from the neck down, nil by mouth and unable to speak.
“Since discharge I undergo daily therapies and, although very slow, there is progress. Due to the slow speed of recovery I had to resign from work but would love to be in a position where a return to work is possible as I have always been a self-confessed workaholic and not working is a major frustration.”
Paul continued: “The money Vicky and I receive and the access Seven Families gives me to experts who can offer advice on returning to work are godsends. I have not been affected cognitively, so if I cannot return to my previous employer the plan is to start some sort of business, although it would have to be something that can be controlled mainly via computer.”
For Paul and Vicky rehab is a full time job and they are using Seven Families funds to help with the cost of these sessions which are really showing rewards. Their determination to lead as normal a life as possible is inspiring.
Seven Families returned to witness just how much difference the imitative is helping the Pickford family.