Cured af­ter he’s given just six months to live

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et_reville

A PEN­SIONER who went into a nurs­ing home to die a year ago is go­ing home to live with his wife af­ter a re­mark­able re­turn to health.

Tom Louis (78) was di­ag­nosed with ad­vanced vas­cu­lar de­men­tia by doc­tors in Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal in March 2011.

The fa­ther-of-five had suf­fered a rapid break­down in his health and over­came sep­ti­caemia, but was left with­out most of his men­tal and phys­i­cal fac­ul­ties and very bad foot ul­cers, mean­ing he could not walk or talk.

His heart­bro­ken fam­ily were told he would die in six months and he was ad­mit­ted into Broadleigh Nurs­ing Home, in Broad­way, Peter­bor­ough, in May 2011 for end-of-life care.

But it turns out that the doc­tors had mis­di­ag­nosed his con­di­tion, which was ac­tu­ally a very se­vere re­ac­tion to long-term med­i­ca­tion. Now one year on, he is walk­ing with the aid of a frame, talk­ing and pre­par­ing to re­turn home with his wife Frances (69) on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

He said: “I am look­ing for­ward to go­ing home - I might even help out with the wash­ing up.

“I never thought I would be able to stand up again, I never thought I would be go­ing home again. It is all just ab­so­lutely mar­vel­lous.”

Mr Louis, who ran a newsagents in the Here­ward Cross Shop­ping Cen­tre un­til he re­tired 13 years ago, has said the re­mark­able turn­around was due to the staff at Broadleigh.

He added: “Broadleigh has been won­der­ful for me. The staff are all lovely. I would never have got bet­ter with­out them.”

His wife Frances chose Broadleigh for his care be­cause she had been im­pressed with its friendly at­mos­phere.

She said: “I never thought he would be leav­ing Broadleigh. When he first came in he couldn’t hold a con­ver­sa­tion. He could al­ways recog­nise us and greeted us cheer­fully but he just wasn’t him­self.

“Very grad­u­ally all signs of de­men­tia dis­ap­peared and his feet ul­cers were even­tu­ally healed with painstak­ing ded­i­ca­tion by the nurses. But even when he started to get his men­tal fac­ul­ties back he still needed hoist­ing in and out of bed.

“It’s only be­cause of the per­se­ver­ance of him­self and the staff he has learned to walk again. There is no doubt that with­out the ex­cel­lent nurs­ing and caring skills, plus the stim­u­la­tion pro­vided by Broadleigh, he would not have achieved this.”

The home is run by man­ager Shamshad Mar­jara and her sons Ajay and Amar. Deputy man­ager Claire Car­roll said: “This is the first time I have ever known some­one to come in for end of life care and be re­leased. We will miss him a lot - but ob­vi­ously we are de­lighted.”

care: Tom Louis with Frances Louis, Amar Mar­jara, Ajay Mar­jara and Claire Car­roll.

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