Tommy’s Condition

Hello all,

First of all, thank you once again for your continued support of Tommy and his family. I have been moved to the point of tears reading all your well-wishes, so you can imagine how Kirsty and the boys feel. From a practical point of view, the donations you’ve been sending are really helping to ease the financial burden they’re under, leaving Kirsty free to dedicate her time and energy to Arran, Sam and – of course – Tommy himself.

Anyway, I’m sure you’re all keen to hear the latest on Tommy’s condition.

Thirty-six hours ago, Tommy’s blood oxygen was critically low, and doctors were preparing to induce coma and place him on a ventilator. However, Tommy came out of his corner swinging, and during that night his blood oxygen levels began to rise.

Yesterday, he opened his eyes and sat up, and was able to interact with his family and the hospital staff. After a bit of a coughing fit, his voice even returned for a few seconds, and he was able to very briefly speak to his brother, Bryan, who was with him at the time.

Tommy’s sister, Sue, had been keeping me updated via text message throughout the day, and when she told me that Tommy now had his phone with him, I decided to fire off a message of my own, just letting him know I was thinking of him. An hour or so later, my phone bleeped.

tommyalive

You think an aggressive cancer, six weeks of grueling treatment, an infection and pneumonia in both lungs is going to keep Tommy Donbavand down? Nah!

While everyone is hugely relieved at the improvement he has shown, doctors have warned that he’s not out of the woods yet, and there’s a long road to recovery ahead. He’s still in the critical unit, isolated in his own room. As well as the pneumonia, his burns have become infected, and his immune system is in no condition to battle either of those things. He could take a turn for the worse at any time, but right now he’s awake, he’s (mostly) alert, and he’s alive.

Or so they tell him, at least.

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23 Comments


  1. Thank you Barry for keeping us updated. If we wanted proof of what a great guy Tommy is we can see it from the friendships he’s inspired. I’m so relieved he’s improving and fingers crossed he continues to do so.

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  2. That Tommy just won’t step back, will he?

    I’m so glad to hear he’s still fighting, and has not lost his sense of humour. Barry, thank you for keeping us informed.

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  3. Thinking of Kirsty and the boys and of course Tommy. Kirsty has been through so much. Hang in there. Wishing and hoping for Tommy to feel better very soon.

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  4. Tommy is an inspiration to all of us. This could happen to anyone, and I hope we would cope with it with the same dignity. Keep on keeping on Tommy.

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  5. Today’s the day we get him on his feet. We will be there in a few hours helping him back to his feet.

    I genuinely cannot thank the doctors, nurses ( they really are so much more than nurses with round the clock one to one care) and students enough. They are truly another breed. Emma, the lady in charge of Tommys care yesterday, showed such compassion, professionalism and knowledge throughout the day constantly monitoring him, and when his stats lowered by even a few points having the knowledge and confidence to immediately alter some element of his care or administer physio to bring the stats immediately back up. making sure his neck skin damage was treated correctly finding the right creams that worked, washing the ones that didn’t and starting again with another. calling around the hospital to find throat lozenges that numb the tongue and throat to give him some rest from the pain in his mouth and when none were available in the hospital starting to search online for the nearest available. Sitting and talking him through the last few days so tommy is fully aware of what has been and spending time working through the next steps for recovery for him to try and put his mind at rest and give tommy the confidence to get back to his feet, and all the time with the kindness and consideration of a friend. When the shift changes they come along and introduce themselves as the person who will be in charge of Tommys care for the next 12 hours and part of you thinks you don’t want the shift to change because the care won’t be the same but somehow it is and each of the team have something different to offer tommy. It’s more than a job or a career it’s genuinely a calling and I am very very grateful they are with him.

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  6. Oh my gosh… it’s amazing to read this – Tommy always wrote about how much his family meant to him and clearly they are such a driver for his incredible fighting spirit, to get well again. Showing this much strength at a time like this can only bode well for his recovery.

    What a beautifully touching post Bryan wrote about the hospital staff, too; truly uplifting to read that Tommy’s in such caring, attentive hands.

    Thanks for updating us – we are all thinking of you and sending you strength and love. Xx

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  7. So very, very pleased to hear there’s been some improvement and wishing Tommy all the best – onwards and upwards!

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  8. Thanks for the update, Barry and Bryan. Will continue to hold you all in my thoughts, and so pleased things have improved a little. Keep buggering on, Tommy!

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  9. Got everything crossed for our courageous Tommy, obviously a long way to go but good news at the mo, keep battling Tommy xx

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  10. Thinking of you, Tommy, and your family. Hope you feel better soon!

    Corine
    xx

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  11. Keep it going, Tommy lad! Your sense of humour and courage (also of your family) are truly inspiring!

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  12. So pleased Tommy’s turned a corner x

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  13. Thank goodness! Keep throwing those punches Tommy 🙂 x

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  14. Thanks, Bryan, for being there and for keeping us posted on Tommy. Seeing his Facebook post today was such a relief. He’s been on my mind and in my heart constantly. Sending more love from the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

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  15. So relieved you are awake and feeling a tiny bit better
    Hell your Tommy Donbavand you are strong and you have fought this “C” almost into submission dont give up now even though you may feel like it. We have all been with you every step of the way and will stay with you tol your back on your feet again having won the battle good luck and get well soon. X

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    1. Can’t praise the NHS enough. I spent some time with them yesterday, skull fracture (sounds worse than it is – I hope) and was treated thoroughly and with courtesy. So, I agree, I love the NHS and I want to see Tommy back at work in July, paying his taxes to make the NHS run!

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      1. Yikes! Sounds nasty, Nigel. Glad you’re OK!

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  16. So glad to hear you’re improving Tommy, hang in there lad xxx

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  17. Just saying hi and sending good vibes to Tommy and family.

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  18. My mom and I keep our eyes peeled for updates, continuing to keep Tommy in our thoughts and send good energy to the entire family. xx

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