A bride-to-be says she is “devastated beyond words” after her fiancé, and father of the couple’s young child, was left with severe brain damage following an accident at work.
Jamie Somerton, 28, of Shuttlewood, sustained serious physical injuries after falling from scaffolding onto a pile of bricks.
He was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where he underwent emergency surgery for a punctured lung and a ruptured spleen.
Jamie, who worked as a scaffolder, was in intensive care for six weeks until he came around – in a vegetative state, unable to remember anything.
Fiancée Anne Marie Mouncey, 25, said: “We were supposed to be getting married this year.
“Now the only thing I can do is hold on to the hope that Jamie will be Jamie again one day, that the things that made him Jamie are still there somewhere. I hope we can get married and have more children one day, but for now I’m devastated beyond words.”
Anne Marie said doctors told her Jamie had suffered from hypoxic brain damage, which is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain.
For the last nine months he has been at the Hallamshire Hospital, in Sheffield, undergoing rehabilitation.
Anne Marie said he must re-learn basic functions, including how to speak, swallow, and walk.
She said: “There’s some debate about how well Jamie will recover, and what he understands now.
“We were initially told he would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life, but he has been making some progress.
“He gets excited when he sees me and our son, but it’s still very early days for an injury like this.”
Anne Marie says she visits Jamie every day, as well as looking after their two-year-old son, Jesse – and she has even kept up with studying to become a nurse.
She said: “It has been such a difficult time for us. Jesse misses his dad so much, he wakes up in the night crying for him.”
Anne Marie is hopeful that Jamie will be able to return home in the next few months and carry on his rehabilitation from there.
But before he can return, Anne Marie says the family must raise funds to renovate the house for him.
She said: “Jamie will need an adapted wheelchair, a ramp to the house, we’ll have to turn one of the downstairs rooms into a bedroom, buy him a special bed. We don’t have a shower either, so will need to renovate the bathroom. The list goes on.”
She added: “We will be eligible for some funding, but it is just the bare minimum and is not enough to give Jamie what he needs.”
Anne Marie has set-up a web page for donations to help the young family fund the adjustments, and is has set a target of £10,000.
“Jamie was a really good man,” said Anne Marie. “He would do anything for anybody and he did not deserve this at all. I just want him to come home.”
To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/q52uj548