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Northern NSW : Celebrating 40 years Rescue December2015
On 6 September, Wamberal’s Louise Grant accomplished something that seemed impossible 18 months ago. She completed the inaugural five- kilometre Beach Run in Terrigal to help raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, one of the many organisations that helped save her life. Eighteen months earlier, on 15 April 2014, Louise was found collapsed in her home on the NSW Central Coast. She was then 34 years old, happily married to Jeff and a mother of two beautiful girls, two year old Tahra and six weeks old Lily. The date of 15 April holds some significance, because it was Tahra’s second birthday. Louise was rushed to Gosford Hospital, and then airlifted by the Service to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. She had a ruptured ‘giant 2.5 -centimetre’ aneurysm and the chances of survival were slim. Emergency brain surgery was performed to repair the aneurysm. She survived surgery, but 12 hours later the swelling on the brain was still worsening and she was rushed back into surgery again, this time to remove part of her skull to help relieve the pressure. Louise remained in an induced coma for 10 days and she was in ICU for almost a month. She then spent an additional five months in a rehabilitation hospital on the Central Coast. Four and a half months after her stroke, her skull was repaired with an acrylic plate. Louise was discharged from hospital after almost six months and at that stage was still unable to walk unaided. But she was determined to walk again. She worked very hard with physiotherapists and within weeks of being released from hospital, Louise took some first steps on her own. As with most stroke survivors, Louise struggles with fitness and endurance, but when the Westpac Rescue Helicopter announced a beach run fundraiser, she saw it as a perfect opportunity to work hard and to give back at the same time. Almost 12 months to the day of being released from the rehabilitation hospital, Louise completed the five- kilometre event. She says it is the second toughest thing she has ever done in her life. Re-learning to walk again is the toughest! Finishing the ‘run’ was inspirational. She could only walk the all-sand course and was last over the line. But Louise was definitely first in the hearts of those who knew of her personal challenge to complete the event. Proof was in the many cheers and tears. Walk right back to happiness FUN RUN HAD A DEFINITE WINNER RescueClub Louise Grant with the end in sight. 6 Rescue Magazine CELEBRATING 40 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION
Rescue Aut 2016