Blackpool mum who spent 80 days in critical care with Covid

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Danielle’s family have gone from dreading the phone ringing to her mum Lynette making an excellent recovery thanks to hospital staff

Danielle Wade, 42, and her mum, Lynette Wade from Blackpool

Danielle Wade, 42, and her mum, Lynette Wade from Blackpool (Image: Blue Skies NHS)

A woman from Blackpool is raising money as a way to thank a local hospital staff for the excellent care they provided for her mum while she spent 80 days in critical care due to Covid-19.

Danielle Wade, 42, has so far raised over £2,000 for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, as part of her gratitude for their lifesaving treatment.

In January this year, both her parents became ill with Covid-19 with Danielle’s mum, Lynette Wade, taken into hospital not long after being diagnosed.

Danielle’s father made a recovery from the virus but was then told he had cancer only a matter of days before wife Lynette was admitted.

It was not long after she took a turn for the worse and was admitted to the critical care unit.

Danielle said: “It was the biggest roller coaster ever and my dad couldn’t understand why he wasn’t suffering with it as bad but my mum was.

“When she got to hospital she went straight into a CPAP mask and then a ventilator and was turned over onto her stomach.

“She got worse and worse and they warned us about the blood clots and infection. We then got a phone call to say she probably wasn’t going to make it.”

What followed was a tense wait to see how Lynette was doing, so much so that Danielle used to dread the phone ringing.

She added: “The phone ringing used to make jump and I’d specifically ask people to text me first before calling. I realised that the worse her condition was the earlier the hospital would call.

“How I got through was I’d think ‘oh, I’ve gotten to tea time without a call’ and I carry on each day like that.

“We really did think she wasn’t going to make it one point.”

Danielle Wade, 42, and her mum, Lynette Wade from Blackpool

Danielle Wade, 42, and her mum, Lynette Wade from Blackpool (Image: Blue Skies NHS)

But after 80 long days, Lynette is now out of critical care and on the road to recovery. When she first awoke she was unable to smile due to paralysis in her face however now she’s home.

Though she is still receiving oxygen it is hoped this won’t be for much longer.

It comes as Danielle’s dad has been told that although his cancer is incurable it is treatable.

Danielle added: “Critical care were amazing, just unbelievable. Phone calls to update us every day and even wheeling her out to the garden one day.”

“The pressure the staff were under was unreal. There was one day when they were inundated with Covid-19 patients and had to move some to another hospital.

“Thankfully mum could stay but they really took their time and put patient care right at the forefront despite being in the third wave and nearly a year of looking after Covid-19 patients. We will always be grateful to them.”

The whole ordeal inspired Danielle to raise money and give back to the hospital that saved her mums life.

Determined to push herself out of her comfort zone, she set herself the challenge of running 5k a day for 30 days.

Although she doesn’t particularly like running, Danielle is being spurred on by family and friends, the desire to raise money for the hospital and her mum’s ordeal.

Danielle said: “They told us when she [her mum] woke up that her rehab would be like training for a marathon, so I try and think to myself, come on, other people feel worse, keep going.

“A lot of family and close friends were really apprehensive about what was going to happen to mum, so obviously they’re very grateful to the hospital too.”

Lynette herself is a former member of staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as Waiting List Manager for over 30 years, and Danielle knows her mum was just as keen as her to show their gratitude to the hospital.

Despite the magnitude of her recovery journey, Lynette has been keeping a close eye on her daughter’s fundraising page and watched her smash the original goal of £500.

However, the fundraising hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Danielle faced a calf injury halfway through, but she’s now back putting one foot in front of the other and is on her way to completing her challenge.

Danielle said: “I got into a routine and started to enjoy it, but the hardest bit is finding time every day. I wanted something that would be a challenge however similar way to the way my mum’s recovery is a challenge.

” I only have a few days left however as I’m on day 26 so I’ll keep going. I don’t think I’m going to make a runner out of myself yet but I’ll try and keep up with it after the challenge as it would be a shame to waste the fitness I’ve built up!”

To find out more about Danielle’s Blue Skie Hosoital fund, please visit the Just Giving Page here.