A dad whose world was changed forever when his pregnant partner suffered a bleed to the brain is raising money for the unit that cares for her.
Nicola Landsdown was 41 weeks pregnant when she collapsed at home in The Coppice, Aylesbury, on May 6.
Her partner Kevin Smees, rushed her to hospital where an MRI scan found that she had suffered a bleed to the brain. An emergency caesarian was performed and healthy 8lb baby Lexi was born under general anaesthetic.
But the couple’s ordeal is still not over; Nicola remains in an induced coma at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and it is not known how the episode will affect her life in the future.
Kevin, who is juggling new dad duties with regular visits to Nicola’s bedside, said: “With any brain problems there is a risk of permanent damage, they think she may have some sort of brain damage.
“They said that it may affect her speech or her right hand side.”
He added: “When Lexi was born Nicola had contact with her, but the sad thing is she is unlikely to remember that when she comes out of the coma.
“She is expected to spend six to eight months in hospital”.
And to say thank you to staff at John Radcliffe Hospital’s neurological intensive care unit, Kevin has started fundraising.
He said: “I want to raise awareness of the amazing job the team of people in the neurological intensive care unit do and how dedicated they are to making every patient better. The difference for our family is that we have a newborn baby too, but they have been amazing.”