King’s Lynn father-of-two trekking Inca Trail in Peru after surviving a brain haemorrhage
- Credit: The Walder family
A King's Lynn family was almost torn apart after a father-of-two unexpectedly suffered a brain haemorrage.
But Andy Walder, 58, chair of Freebridge Community Housing, made a full recovery after undergoing life-saving surgery in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Now with a new lease of life, Mr Walder and his family - wife Karen Walder, 56, and daughters Jasmine, 26, and Francesca, 24 - will take on the world in a series of challenges in the new year to raise money for the hospital, with Mr Walder himself planning to climb 13,800ft above sea level on the Inca Trail in Peru.
In April 2015, Mr Walder was washing the patio at his home in North Wootton when he suddenly fell ill. Mr Walder said: 'I felt like someone had hit me with a baseball bat around the back of my head.'
He was rushed to Addenbrooke's where he underwent a complicated surgical procedure to clip the ruptured aneurysm.
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Jasmine said: 'It was a terrifying time for us all. We felt very helpless and didn't really know what to do with ourselves.
'We just tried to stay cheerful and positive for dad.'
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The family were told only a third of patients go on to make a full recovery but were relieved to learn Mr Walder had survived with no life-changing disabilities.
Mr Walder said: 'Looking back on the experience I can say I felt scared and yet at the same time almost detached. There was nothing I could do, the condition was out of my hands and I just had to trust implicitly in the doctors and surgeons treating me.'
Mrs Walder, a library assistant at Dersingham Library, added: 'We will always be eternally grateful to Addenbrooke's for their world class skills in treating Andy, especially since he has continued to live a full and active life.
'As we were spending time with Andy we witnessed other patients who had also suffered brain injury, and the way the staff cared for the these patients, as-well as Andy, was remarkable.
'We want to be able to give something back to Addenbrooke's which may help them continue to this level of care and help even more patients.'
The family have now set themselves the challenge of raising £5,000 for the hospital through a series of fundraising events throughout the year.
Francesca, a PE teacher in Cambridgeshire, will be running the London Marathon for the first time and Mr Walder will be trekking 26 miles on the Inca Trail in Peru with Jasmine.
The family will be throwing the Act For Addenbrooke's charity ball at the Masonic Centre in King's Lynn on Friday, April 6. Tickets are £40 per person, which will include a three course meal, disco and raffle.
To purchase tickets contact Francesca Walder at email@example.com or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamwalder.