I had absolute trust in the amazing dedication of all the surgeons, doctors, nurses, therapists, and not least the support personnel who cared for me medically, raised my spirits with your kindness, and humour. You gave me hope in the darkness. Your medical skills, empathy and innovations including Sarah Steady, the Transformer and I hope emerging technology will also help transform, and support the wonderful work of the Walton for future generations. Thank you to everyone at the Walton, my family and friends who help helped me in my recovery.
Please support me to fund raise for the Walton by donating and sharing the link. On 28/2/21, I have smashed my original challenge goal and have achieved 5100 sit ups. I am eternally thankful we have very special people at the Walton and in our NHS. I feel blessed to get to do this fundraising challenge for the Walton despite having a suspected fractured wrist while thankfully turned out to be a sprained right wrist after a fall, to add to my weakened left hand 🤣🤣😅. It was the reason I loaded up as many sit ups as I could at the start of the challenge in case I had to be put into a cast. I hit the 2800 target on Day 16. While I still can do it I will continue to maintain my fitness to do what ever I can to support others.
Many of you will know I had a catastrophic brain haemorrhage in June 2016 out of the blue resulting in a stroke, was transfer to the Walton where I was sedated for 5 days to protect my brain and spent 5 weeks under their medical care before being moved to the Countess for two weeks. I lost all function of the left side of my body including sight and ability to speak properly. Public speaking and training was an important part of my professional career. I am in recovery improvement mode 😂. My journey these past years has been enlightening and still evolving. I’ve supported other people raising funds for the centre but not had the confidence to achieve something myself for the Walton. Although I am unable to go back to work, I had been volunteering in homelessness prevention and diversity organisations pre Covid. In between sit ups, I have managed to lead and support a community charity I founded in 2009, Wah Lei Chinese Association, where our members performed and produced a virtual online Chinese New Year festival celebration from their own homes to share on Facebook. I could not have got to this point without the specialist skills, generous care from everyone at the Walton, and definitely without a doubt healed by Scouse humour too. I felt wrapped with love from my family, my friends near and far and my faith. As Ayesha massaged my left leg, I said, “mummy will never be the same again. ” Their immediate reply, “Of course you won’t, you’ll be a new Mia, mama you’ll be renewed and stronger”. Their reply gave me great strength and hope. Nevertheless, walking for the Walton to fund raise is not an option YET. However, when I was invited to try the 2800 sit ups in February challenge, I jumped at the idea to fund raise Covid secure at home, overseen via technology to ensure I am safe and not skiving 😂, my progress was shared with my friends daily on Facebook. I recalled after all the tubes had been removed from my body, the physiotherapists helped me daily to regain strength. I would sneak in some sit ups by hooking my right foot through the hospital bed rails with my torso hanging off the other side of the bed 😂 to the horror of the nurses and amusement of my consultant. I will be using my right foot mainly and my core as an anchor again for this 2800 sit ups fundraiser. Covid has challenged most of us not least the NHS, our doctors, nurses and health care workers who have worked tirelessly and made huge sacrifices to save lives. Hospitals such as the Walton must continue to innovate to provide not just cutting edge care for neuro conditions but potentially recovered Covid patients will need the Walton’s neurological specialism. I hope you will support the Walton and my challenge by donating and sharing the link to this page. Thank you so much again. Sending you all love and light. Stay Safe 🙏💙💖✨🌈...
The Walton Centre in Liverpool offers a world class neuroscience service which includes many pioneering techniques, cutting edge treatments; and clinicians who are international leaders in their field. Over 100,000 patients are treated at the hospital each year with conditions ranging from head and spinal trauma injuries; brain and spine tumours; Epilepsy, MS, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson.
The Charity funds a variety of projects in the hospital including research, innovation, new technology and patient & family facilities. Mia Tan