The community is rallying to help a determined husband and friend learn to walk again.
The last 18 months have been a “living hell” for Brian Chadfield-Mohr, 60, and his wife Carole, his neighbour and colleague Malcolm Stead said this week.
Mr Stead is organising a fundraising golf day to help the Walton Highway couple get their lives back on track after Mr Chadfield-Mohr, a fencing contractor, suffered a serious brain haemorrhage in his sleep last May.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for brain surgery and then suffered a stroke which left him brain damaged and virtually paralysed.
“Miraculously, after some 20 months of guts, determination and sheer bloody-mindedness, he is well on the way to recovery,” said Mr Stead.
After 18 months in hospital, Mr Chadfield-Mohr has been told he can finally leave PJ Care Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough and go home.
But, his left leg isn’t functioning properly and he needs to use a wheelchair.
The couple has to adapt their home and Mr Chadfield-Mohr also needs daily physiotherapy to help him learn to walk again.
Mrs Chadfield-Mohr hopes to secure social care funding to continue her husband’s treatment as she understands the NHS funding is due to end.
The family has set up an online JustGiving page and Mr Stead is organising the golf event next month to help pay for treatment.
He said: “Brian probably does more for everyone else than anyone I know. He is a really generous fellow.
“Carole’s life has just stopped effectively. She has been going to hospital at Norwich, then Peterborough, on a daily basis. Brian was self-employed so I have no idea how she does it. She is exceptionally positive and she just gets on with it.
“I just want to try and do something to make it easy it for them, they have had a hell of a time. I don’t have a fundraising target, I just want to raise as much as possible.”
Mrs Chadfield-Mohr said the night of her husband’s life-changing brain haemorrhage was terrifying.
“The scary bit was wondering if he was going to remember me. When they took him to the QEH the doctor said he was sorry but the prognosis was not good and he may not come round. It was so scary, I was there on my own. I can’t tell you how horrendous it was.
“But they brought him out of sedation and he was fighting and asking what had happened. When I walked around the corner he waved to me and I just thought, ‘he knows who I am’.”
Mrs Chadfield-Mohr said she was anxious about her husband’s return home.
“They want to send him home with just a temporary ramp on the door, no shower and toilet facilities. It is just not acceptable so, hopefully, we have had a meeting now and things will move forward,” she said.
“I’m just worried they will try to bring him home and he won’t get the physical care he needs and then he will just regress.”
Mrs Chadfield-Mohr said she was “overwhelmed” when she heard about Mr Stead’s fundraising.
“It is overwhelming, I was reading his (Mr Stead’s) post on Facebook and it is just wonderful. Anything will help. I feel like we are just treading water all the time.
“Brian still has his sense of humour, he still knows everyone, his short-term memory is a little lapse but he still enjoys things. He just gets tired quickly. It will be nice to have him home but it is going to be demanding.”
Mr Stead’s 18-hole competition will be at Tydd St Giles Golf Club on Sunday, December 3 at 10am. Entry is £27.50 for non-members and £10 for members. The club has waived green fees and all money raised will go to the family. There will also be a raffle and donations of prizes are welcome.
If you can help contact Mr Stead by email firstname.lastname@example.org or donations can be made via the JustGiving page: We’re raising £1,000 to help Brian walk again.