On our latest visit to Switzerland we had an accident.
"I was so lucky not to loose her! At first I thought she was dead, than I saw her convulse, trying to breath, her mouth was closed and her nose had gushed blood which was congealing, blocking her airways. It was my first moment of triumph as I cleared away the blood for her to breath, I could only think 'Thank god she isn't dead!'. Her face and scalp were ripped up and I was sure that she had lost her left eye. The emergency crews arrived very quickly and Jacqui came round enough to tell them her name and ask after the children. They put her in a helicopter and flew her to Bern. When we got to the hospital and I caught up with her I had my second moment of triumph when they told me she had no brain damage, just some bleeding which was too small to worry about, then my third moment of triumph when they told me she could see out of both eyes. I confess I did a double take 'Both eyes?' I thought she'd lost one!!!! It was a euphoric feeling amidst the horror of the day. I couldn't stay with her for long, the police wanted a piece of me. Some days are diamonds, some days are stones." - Jon
The Swiss surgeons did a good job to cover the missing part of her forehead.
In a five and a half hour long operation they used a rotational skin graft,
which means they cut along the top and bottom of the left and right hand parts
of her forehead that were still okay and pulled them along, stretching them out, to provide
more skin to close the gap. They put a 1.1mm
metal plate over the repaired bone of the sinus and were able to reset her nose.
With all the bones back in the correct place, she should heal okay and retain
her natural good looks. She had extensive grazes to her right forearm, these
looked terrible at the time, but healed quickly and were mostly okay after just
one week, the worst took a little longer and the dressing concealed a small
fragment of glass about 4mm square which dropped out after about 10 days.
Unfortunately, the skin graft procedure has not been enough to repair the
damage. The worst affected area developed an infection which caused the stitches
to pull though and the wound reopened. Jax has had her skull exposed over her
left eye for a couple of weeks now. At last it is starting to heal and the skin
is growing around the edge of the opening and on the bone. The hole in her left
cheek is closing slowly. She has a section of necrotic tissue which will need to
be removed and a fresh grafting operation will be required to re-cover the dead
Her neck fracture is quite bad, she will need to continue using the hard neck brace until the start of August.
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