“We were told there wasn’t a lot of hope”

“[He drove] all the way to the London for the medical, drove back. Had a massive fit. Wouldn’t stop. Called the ambulance. He was obviously rushed to a hospital. He was sick. His lungs were collapsed…he was transferred from Royal Infirmary because they didn’t have an intensive care bed to the University Hospital of Wales. And we were told, really, there wasn’t a lot of hope. The consultant came out and said there was a massive bleed through the AVM bursting. And he’d be lucky to survive. He did, obviously, but he was about eleven months…seven months in a deep coma and then another four or five months in a sort of waking coma. Obviously we found out during that time that when he went to UHW they said ‘Why didn’t they do an angiogram? We could have treated this.’ And the fact was they did treat the AVM but obviously it was too late then. So that was a bit of a shock, to think there’s something they could have done knowing he had a pre-warning. Because sometimes people don’t have it, they just have the brain haemorrhage straight away. And if they had said to us he could have a brain haemorrhage that would have been a bit different to saying…they could burst. I think if they if I had known that I would have fought more to get…surely there’s got to be some treatment.”