These shocking images show the devastating impact on a father from Cumbria who suffered three terrifying strokes – and had parts of his skull removed.
Neil Jones, 39, had a life-changing haemorrhagic stroke in April 2021, which was followed by two more shortly afterwards. The former army corporal was in a coma for two months and the left side of his body has been left paralysed.
Neil, of Barrow-in-Furness, had parts of his skull removed so surgeons could relieve swelling on his brain. It has left him with ‘horrific’ headaches.
He said: “I suffer awful headaches from where my skull has been removed and replaced but I’m slowly getting some control on those. My brain was swelling causing more damage so my skull was removed and left just over my brain not fastened. I then had another bleed and had burr hole surgery to drain the blood. I was in a coma for two months and then three months later I had to go back to theatre for a subdural hematoma on the opposite side of my brain.
“They drained this and then went back in and fastened my skull back down. I was in a coma at first but have suffered headaches since. They are a lot less now than they had been at the beginning, they were horrific.”
When he was allowed home on December 23 after eight months in hospital, Neil says he could ‘do absolutely nothing’. But now, after 12 weeks at home, he is able to stand for around ten seconds and is regaining movement in his left leg.
He said: “I’ve now been home for 12 weeks, I came home being able to do absolutely nothing. Within this, my therapy team has been fantastic. I can now roll myself to the left, sit alone comfortably and safely without being watched or held and can now even stand for around 10 seconds. I’ve moved from level 1 – 6 on eating and can move the leg I was told was paralysed.”
Neil was praised by police in 2018 for his bravery as he chased down and apprehended a man who was committing a sexual assault. A JustGiving page has been set up to raise money to help buy him a special electric wheelchair that is likely to cost around £5,000.