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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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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