Medics thanked for sav­ing John

Rel­a­tives launch fundraiser for hos­pi­tal staff

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Johnathon Men­zies

Fam­ily and friends of a young Blair­gowrie man re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­vere head in­jury have thanked the skilled med­i­cal staff who saved his life.

John Black was rushed to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee fol­low­ing an al­leged as­sault in the city’s Old Hawkhill area in the early hours of October 8.

The 20-year-old spent more than a week in in­ten­sive care and is now con­tin­u­ing his re­cov­ery in hos­pi­tal af­ter a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion on his skull.

In a bid to thank med­i­cal staff for the cru­cial treat­ment and sup­port the tal­ented young foot­baller has re­ceived, John’s fam­ily and friends have started a fundrais­ing drive in aid of staff at Ninewells.

John, who was pre­vi­ously on the books at Dundee FC and is cur­rently with Blair­gowrie JFC, had his head shaved prior to un­der­go­ing his vi­tal re­cent surgery.

And, in a touch­ing show of sol­i­dar­ity, friends have agreed to have their heads shaved as well to raise money for sev­eral of the hos­pi­tal’s units.

Ryan Men­zies, Jamie Rob­son, Jamie Moran, Kevin Cownie and Gary Sheilds have agreed to take part in the char­ity hair­cut, with Char­lene O’Brien and De­clan McKenna of­fer­ing to con­duct the trims.

Writ­ing on an on­line fundrais­ing page John’s sis­ter, Jenna Black, said: “John has been moved to high de­pen­dency where he will be­gin his jour­ney to re­cov­ery sur­rounded by peo­ple who love him and health care pro­fes­sion­als who are look­ing af­ter him ev­ery step of the way.

“John is cop­ing well in his new unit and we are all in com­plete awe of his sheer strength, fight and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“The care, sup­port and re­spect John has been shown by sur­geons, con­sul­tants, doc­tors, nurses, health care as­sis­tants, di­eti­cians, phys­ios, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists and speech ther­a­pists are sec­ond to none and th­ese peo­ple re­ally are worth their weight in gold.”

Jenna con­tin­ued: “I have John’s bless­ing and, as his fam­ily and friends, we’d like to raise some money for the units at Ninewells who have so thought­fully cared for John and sup­ported his fam­ily - A&E, In­ten­sive Care and Neuro High De­pen­dency.

“Here’s to the staff at Ninewells who saved John’s life on more than one oc­ca­sion – and, of course, the boys who are putting their van­ity to the side to show John that they’re sup­port­ing him.”

The to­tal do­nated via the web­site as of Tues­day this week was £2190 – well in ex­cess of an ini­tial £500 tar­get – with other pledges of sup­port com­ing in.

• To do­nate, log on to www.just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/jenna-black

John is cop­ing well in his new unit and we are all in com­plete awe of his sheer strength, fight and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Jenna Black The care, sup­port and re­spect ... are sec­ond to none and th­ese peo­ple re­ally are worth their weight in gold Jenna Black

Re­cov­ery Friends of tal­ented foot­baller John Black are rais­ing money for Ninewells Hos­pi­tal

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