Andy's Story

Andy Blagden is a young man, married to Charlotte and has 3 children; Lauren, Katie and Nathan. (The children were 12, 9 & 2.5 years old at the time of diagnosis).
Andy was diagnosed with a tumour in his spinal cord in June 2013. The tumour was at spinal level Cervical 3 going down to Thoracic 2 (C3-T2). This is incredibly high up the neck and the only option was to operate. This in itself was not without risk but after a 15-16 hour operation the tumour had been removed. The outlook was good. Then Andy became ill....
Early September Andy contracted pneumonia and then sepsis, Andy's kidneys then failed and he was put on constant dialysis for a month and required a blood transfusion during this time.
Andy came through all this but he now lives with the consequences; paralysed from the shoulders down and unable to breathe without ventilatory support, this is his ongoing story of rehabilitation with the goal of getting back home to his family and his future.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

More improvements

Andy has been practising feeding himself with his staff supporting his hand and elbow, well the other day Andy did it himself with no support and managed to get some food in too, so the next thing is for us to find suitable cutlery that food will stay on better. 

Still improving despite being 3 yrs post injury.


  1. I am so happy to hear about the progress of Andy. I know it must be a tough time for you all but please have a firm faith on Almighty God.

  2. Glad to see Andy making progress with daily life tasks, hope he continues to improve day by day, praying for Andy, don't lose hope. Keep providing us with updates on his situation!