A Dundee mum has been left a “prisoner in her own house” after being struck by the same medical condition which killed her husband.
Lyndsay Bremner, from Kirkton, suffered a brain haemorrhage which left her paralysed down one side of her body.
The illness struck two years after the death of 33-year-old Nathan Hebden, the father of her four children.
“It was completely out of the blue,” said the 36-year-old.
“I remember it was 11.30pm, I was sitting with my friends and then I was being rushed to Ninewells Hospital.
“Apparently I had phoned NHS 24, but they hadn’t been able to understand what I was saying.
“They contacted the police, who got my mother to come down and let the ambulance service in.”
Lyndsay was diagnosed with an ArnoldChiari malformation and needed extensive brain surgery.
“I had to have open head surgery and decompression over my skull, it was cut right open right over my left side,” she explained.
“When I woke up after the operation I had paralysis on that side and needed a wheelchair.
“It was very difficult for my four children. Their father had died of exactly the same brain haemorrhage and then two years later I had it too.
“As a single parent in a wheelchair I couldn’t get them to their activities any more. I had to rely on my eldest son to take care of me.”
Lyndsay was pregnant with her youngest child when Nathan died. He never got to meet his baby girl.
“It was unreal,” Lyndsay continued. “He was 33 when he died like I was when I had the aneurysm, it was in the same month and everything.”
Lyndsay recovery made good progress over the first couple of years of her recovery. She had built up her strength and was getting back a bit of independence.
Declan, 14, Dylan, 9, Devin, 7, and five-year-old Deri-Jane were just back to enjoying their clubs when Lyndsay was struck down again.
During the summer holidays her face started drooping and going into spasms. Her left side paralysis had returned.
Doctors said it was due to a function disorder, meaning Lyndsay’s brain is not registering she’s got a left side.
Now Lyndsay is confined to her house, unable to leave without help and having to sleep on the sofa if her fianc and main carer Danny Mudie is not there to carry her upstairs.
“I’m a prisoner in my own house,” she said. “I cannot really propel myself because of the paralysis.
“And because my front door swings inwards there is no room for me to get around and over the threshold in my chair. It’s mission impossible to get out of my house.”
Lyndsay said she is not entitled to Government help or benefits because she owns her own home and is not over the age of 65.
Dundee Outreach Project has awarded Lyndsay an electric wheelchair, but she needs to meet 10% of the cost to get it.
Lyndsay said she’s had amazing support from the Kirkton community, with charity The Attic organising several sponsored runs to raise the £250 needed.
In addition to the electric wheelchair Lyndsay needs special ramps and a new front door to make her home wheelchair-friendly.
She has to raise just under £5,000 to make the crucial changes.In addition to the electric wheelchair Lyndsay needs special ramps and a new front door to make her home wheelchair-friendly. She has to fundraise just under £5,000 to make the crucial changes.