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.
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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