A pensioner who was on the brink of death made a miracle recovery after being treated by his own GRANDDAUGHTER on the hospital ward where she works.
John Maiden, 78, was rushed to A&E by ambulance after suffering serious seizures following a nasty fall at home on July 19.
His family were told to come to see him as doctors thought he was unlikely to pull through.
But John’s condition began to improve and after spending more than a day unconscious he finally woke up at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Following further checks he was transferred to Medical High Care – the same ward where granddaughter Simone Maiden, 24, works as a senior health care assistant.
Simone said she was amazed when her grandad was transferred to her ward and was on-hand to help nurse him back to health.
John spent a week on the ward, where he had a family member by his side the whole time, including Simone and Veronica, his wife of 56 years.
He initially needed an oxygen supply to breathe and couldn’t walk or talk, but after a week of treatment he no longer needed help to support his breathing.
John, who has the rare brain condition Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), was even able to sing “happy birthday” to his visiting son on July 29.
Heartwarming video footage shows John gripping his son’s hand while singing: “Happy birthday my son” from his hospital bed.
John continued to make gradual progress over three weeks and told ward staff he couldn’t wait to get home to his wife and sit in his favourite chair.
On August 15, after a total of 27 days in hospital, doctors on the ward told John he was finally well enough to return home – the day before his 78th birthday.
And the following day, he woke up in his own home to celebrate his birthday with fish and chips with his family while sat in his favourite chair.
Simone said: “When I got to the hospital he was in A&E who were just amazing. I really thought we were going to lose him.
“When he finally woke up I had my fingers and toes crossed that he could go to my ward.
“The physios and occupational therapists were amazing. Every single staff member that had looked after Grandad was just exceptional.
“Staff would message me on their days off to see how he was and go to see him before they started their shift, it was lovely.
“My grandad was so happy and grateful for the care he had received but not only for him, for my Nan as well, they’d never let her go without anything.
“I want to thank all of the staff at the hospital so much. I couldn’t have wished for him to have been in better hands.
“Grandad will still battle with his PSP, but with the support of his family he will not be alone with it.
“I’m so proud to work on Medical High Care and Short Stay and my whole family are so grateful for the care of the staff on the ward.”
Simone feared the worst when her grandfather, a retired pig farmer and Marks & Spencers worker, was taken ill last month.
She added: “My grandfather suffers from unsteadiness on his feet.
“On the day he fell, a total stranger came into the house and shouted for help. My granddad was laid on the floor.
“He was having seizures. He was unconscious for more than 24 hours.
“The doctors told me to ring all my family.
“It was definitely a scary time. I burst out crying when I got there, and I really thought he wasn’t going to make it.
“I have never lost anybody in my family. This was the first time I had experienced anything like this.
“When they said he was going to my ward, the relief was just amazing as it meant he was showing signs of improvement.
“I was just happy to be there with him in any way I could.”