Hannah and Roland Oertel

Hannah and Roland Oertel

From Tessa Reed

Roland was hit by a car going 43mph on 20 July while crossing a road. He has bleeding on the brain and a broken leg. They are both self-employed, so please help them cover their living expenses during his recovery.

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2 months ago

A note from Hannah -

Thank you all so much for your unbelievable generosity and kindness, we are overwhelmed.

We are now over 2 months since the accident and Roland is still recovering well. He leaves the house now for shuffles around the block! He usually only has one nap a day. He still struggles with the headaches but we expect them to last for another couple of months. His cast has been removed from his leg and his leg is slowly healing, although it will take 2 years to heal properly.

They were unable to operate due to the head injury at the beginning. The rest of his injuries are being treated by his physio and orthopedic consultant. He has regular visits from his neuro-rehab nurse and neuro occupational therapist. We are hoping he will return to work early next year. He's had 2 weeks in the Scottish Borders at a Tibetan monastery where the monks could look after him and he could get some respite from the kids and give me a break! We are all just extremely grateful that he was wearing his helmet.

The driver will return to court next year. He was charged with dangerous driving and serious injury.

Thank you all again and I will be in touch with you all personally soon.

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On Saturday, July 20th, Roland was coming home from work on his bicycle when he was hit by a large car on a pedestrian crossing. The driver was a tourist who went straight through a red light hitting him at 43mph. Roland hit the bonnet, smashing the windscreen and then hit the road. He went into a coma for the next few hours.

Hannah then received the call from the police saying that Roland has been in a serious accident and she should come straight to the emergency department without her children. When she arrived, she was told Roland was in resuscitation and she could not see him.

After a long wait, she was brought in and was hugely relieved to see Roland still intact. The consultant informed her that he had bleeding on his brain and needed to be transferred to a specialist brain injury department in another hospital. Roland was very confused and was complaining about his leg which they realised was also broken.

After arriving at the department of clinical neuropsychology, it was confirmed that Roland had suffered multiple subarachnoid hemorrhages on his brain. The doctors said however that the prognosis was good for a full recovery.

Roland stayed in for 5 days and has now been transferred home and is recovering with lots of sleep and lots of morphine for his terrible headache. The doctors are positive about his recovery and think he'll be able to return to his business as a personal trainer after three months or so. 

Hannah is also self-employed, but will need to care for Roland and their two daughers, Lennox (6 yrs.) and Goldie (4 yrs.) so working will prove a challenge for her. 

Could we, as their family and friends, help them out during this traumatic and stressful time? They'll need money for rent, food and childcare in particular. 

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Tessa Reed posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #1

A note from Hannah -

Thank you all so much for your unbelievable generosity and kindness, we are overwhelmed.

We are now over 2 months since the accident and Roland is still recovering well. He leaves the house now for shuffles around the block! He usually only has one nap a day. He still struggles with the headaches but we expect them to last for another couple of months. His cast has been removed from his leg and his leg is slowly healing, although it will take 2 years to heal properly.

They were unable to operate due to the head injury at the beginning. The rest of his injuries are being treated by his physio and orthopedic consultant. He has regular visits from his neuro-rehab nurse and neuro occupational therapist. We are hoping he will return to work early next year. He's had 2 weeks in the Scottish Borders at a Tibetan monastery where the monks could look after him and he could get some respite from the kids and give me a break! We are all just extremely grateful that he was wearing his helmet.

The driver will return to court next year. He was charged with dangerous driving and serious injury.

Thank you all again and I will be in touch with you all personally soon.

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