Our story

The people of Friends of the Neuro Ward (FONW) all have a deep connection with the ward itself. You can read their stories below.

Caroline & Kevin Critchlow

Caroline’s husband Kevin spent five weeks at the Neuro Ward in 2013 after being diagnosed with a severe acoustic neuroma, a type pf benign brain tumour. His resulting 22-hour operation was the longest ever performed at ARI.

The dry-stone wall builder, who is a keen darts player, has made an excellent recovery but still receives treatment from the ward.

Caroline said: “They call him the miracle man. For him to come through the operation is remarkable.”

Any length of time spent in hospital is rarely enjoyable, but Caroline said the poor conditions of the neuro ward which, unlike many of the other wards for higher profile illnesses, has gone without charity funding.

“The day room was completely dilapidated, the wallpaper was coming off the walls, and the coffee table was broken.

The Critchlows found themselves waiting for results in a day room full of other patients in various levels of health, some severely debilitated.

“There wasn’t even a place to get a drink, and you daren’t leave because you’re waiting to hear news. It was a very scary place to be. You were just thinking, that could be my husband. So that’s when we decided we would raise money to refurbish it.”

They call him the miracle man; for him to come through the operation is remarkable.

Carolyn & Mark Toshney

Carolyn’s husband Mark collapsed at his work in February 2009 and took four seizures within an hour. After being rushed into hospital he was sedated and put into a controlled coma.

The doctors revealed that Mark who is a Subsea Engineer in Aberdeen needed an operation to remove the Oligodendro-glioma/ Astrocytoma Grade 3 Brain Tumour.

“He carried on his life like anyone else would and during this kept a positive attitude throughout everything,” said Carolyn.

“He is an inspiration to those who have the same condition.”

Mark spent seven days in the hospital when he first collapsed but as the ward was over stretched they had no choice but to place him in the infectious unit, (this is not uncommon with the current layout of the ward).

Neurologists and his cancer nurse Margaret would have to spend extra time having to walk to the other end of the hospital to care for him.

Carolyn now focuses much of her energies encouraging support from the public and local businesses on raising money for Neuro Ward and campaigning for more funding into Brain Cancer Research.

He carried on his life like anyone else would and during this kept a positive attitude throughout everything.

Get in touch with us

Friends of the Neuro Ward
c/o 12 Canmore Place
AB21 0AD

T. 07919 596267
E. info@fotnw.org




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