When Chloe Palmer-Simpson's life changed forever...
When Chloe was 18 years old she had a perfect life; a happy, loving family and she was well on her way to achieving her competitive swimming dreams. Until one day when everything changed, Chloe was on her way to pick up her mum when she was pushed off the road. Chloe became trapped, driver side down in her car, with severe brain damage, internal and external injuries, fighting for her life. It was a fight that was to consume the next four months of her life, re-shape her future and dramatically alter the lives of her parents, grandparents and her to siblings.
But it was a fight worth taking on, thanks to the expertise of medical staff at St. George Hospital and their cutting edge research which is funded by people like you through the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF).
Chloe was intensive care and things were not looking good, it was a new intervention being investigated by doctors that gave everyone even more hope that Chloe would pull through.
Quite simply, the study aimed to determine whether paracetemol was effective in lowering brain temperature, and reducing swelling, after traumatic injury to the brain. Typically, surgeons and researchers say, it’s hard to get consent in these situations because the family of the patient have so much to cope with at the time. Ordinary families are integral to enabling research like this to take place, for Chloe's family they knew she would have wanted to be a part of a program that could help more lives in the future.
YOUR SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES
Nyrie, Chloe's Mum, has learned that support for medical research is critical.
“Ongoing research is so important – even five years ago treatments wouldn’t have been available to save Chloe; she wouldn’t have made it. It’s also important to have conversations with your family, about how they want their organs to be treated and whether they support the idea of participating in research, because at the end of the day, it’s research funded by organisations like the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation that saves lives.”
“It’s thanks to that research that I have my girl… even though she’s never going to be quite the same Chloe, I still have her.”
St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation needs to raise funds right now to continue this vital research into brain injury. Please join the Michael Tynan Challenge to help support the SSMRF today.
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