GIVING BIRTH LEFT THIS MOTHER IN A WHEELCHAIR
A mother who was told she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life after suffering a brain injury during childbirth has overcome the odds by completing a charity walk.
Rachel Harry, 40, of Wales, had a heart attack while giving birth to her daughter Freya in July 2012, after a blood clot went unnoticed and caused hypoxic brain injury. Hypoxic brain damage happens when the brain is exposed to oxygen due to a disruption in blood flow to the brain, resulting in brain cell death or dysfunction.
The undiagnosed clot in Rachel’s case caused the blood supply to the brain to be cut off. Rachel’s heartbroken family was told by doctors that the first-time mother would not be capable of walking, sitting up, or feeding herself again.
Rachel, on the other hand, has fought back even against odds. She walked 365 meters without assistance to collect funds for a charity near and dear to her heart. She earned about $A700 for the Clyde Special Riding center in Clwyd, North Wales, on June 11.
The riding center has been helping disabled people learn to gallop horses for over 40 years. Rachel’s daughter Freya, now nine, is seen urging her mother to accomplish the challenge, demonstrating how driven she is. Rachel had been receiving extensive physiotherapy and speech therapy to recover her ability to walk.
She finished a three-year therapy course at the Eccleston, England-based Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Development (BIRD) charity in 2017.
Staff at the center stated at the time praised Rachel for her achievements, stating they were “very proud” of her and her family’s “drive, devotion, and dedication.” Her amazing daughter Freya persisted to aid her mother during a series of lockdowns after the COVID pandemic halted her progress.
“It’s an outstanding feat for Rachel and shows how far she’s come,” Rachel’s mother Karen, 62, said after her charity walk.
When Karan’s daughter initially arrived at BIRD, she struggled to sit unassisted. She required assistance in all aspects of her everyday life, including personal hygiene, eating, drinking, and moving around. Karan told Welsh news site Leader Live, “Her communication was weak, and we didn’t know if she was happy, upset, or in need of anything.”
Things started to change for the worst when the COVID epidemic broke out, and Rachel’s continuous therapy sessions were cut short. “It was quite difficult,” Karan admitted. “Because we didn’t have as many care hours, we did a lot of it at home.” “There was a period when we didn’t have any therapy and we were simply trying to keep Rachel safe.”
“Doctors told us she’d probably never walk or talk again over ten years ago, and today she’s walking 400 yards.” We’re quite glad of her, and we never lose hope that she’ll keep learning and progressing.”