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I Have To Share This With You All

Published on 5/4/2018
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This PR is about Kevin Lloyd Baynham.



I have known Kevin since his first grade and he is now a strapping young man of 26 years. Since he was a young boy, he has been riding offroad motorcycles and was very apt at it.




Recently he got his bike roadworthied so that he could ride on the national roads. His Dad was concerned about this as most our drivers are not at all considerate of cyclists. Last weekend on the 28th April 2018, the unthinkable happened and Kevin was involved in a very serious accident - to date we have no details of what actually happened but he got the brunt of the blow on his chest: this crushed the breastbone and broke some ribs and both his legs. His aorta was nicked and he was bleeding inside. When his Dad phoned to tell me about this, he was devastated - this is his only child and he recently lost his wife. Here are excerpts of the texts Pete sent me since that happened:


Sunday 9.52am: Kev’s in surgery now. Op will take 6 or 7 hours. They will induce coma and he will come round tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday 17.13pm: Op was a success but it was a massive procedure so he is being monitored closely during recovery. I had a long chat with the surgeon. He said it was a miracle he is alive because his injuries are so severe.

Monday 13.16pm: Good news about Kev. Out of coma now and even spoke a little. Can move his fingers and understands all that I say. Going back to him now.

Tuesday 16.04pm: Kev had a turn for the worst last night. This morning he was not in good shape but they have stabilized him now and not in as much pain as earlier.

Tuesday 23.35pm: Our prayers are being met. Kev had a very bad day but it ended well. I left him at 22:00 in a deep sleep and vital signs all good. They warned me that tomorrow will be a bad day so not to visit too early.

Wednesday 23.58: Complications with lungs. Pray pray pray.

Thursday 16.53pm: Prayers answered. Infection causing the problem... not the injury...Antibiotics will fix that and they will put him under for a short while and suction out the gunk. I’m so happy that it can be controlled.

Today (Friday) 01.49am: As an engineer I was taught and have always believed that there is a scientific explanation for everything. Today I witnessed something that defies explanation. Just 18 hours ago I was watching my son dying. When I left him tonight he was bright eyed with colour in his cheeks. He was chatting away as though nothing at all had happened to him. He wanted his phone, watched some tv and had a little bit to eat as he said he was very hungry. I have never seen someone recover from the brink so quickly. Today I witnessed a miracle. I will sleep well.

 Friday 15.37pm : Kev went into theater at 11:00. They suctioned lots of gunk out of his lungs and changed his drains. This afternoon he is sore and very groggy. It’s a setback but at least the gunk is gone.

Update: 23:35hrs Saturday.
This morning Kev had a fever and was still battling with his breathing but thanks to medication the pain was tolerable. He has been given a mechanical device into which he has to alternately suck or blow. It’s designed to inflate and deflate his lungs which in turn forces fluids from the lung cavity into the drains. He has been using it diligently throughout the day and this evening there was a marked improvement in his blood/oxygen saturation level. Big plus. His fever is down and he had a little soup for dinner. Another plus. When I left him just now he was looking exhausted and went to sleep. His doctor warned me that he will have good and bad spells but overall his condition is slowly improving.
Thanks all of you for the support. I read your messages to him and it strengthens his determination to get through this dreadful ordeal.


Update: 14:00hrs, day 8.
Kev has broken through the barrier and now definitely on the mend. Hospital staff delighted and, needless to say, I’m rather pleased too!!!!
There will be good and bad spells ahead but the worst is over.




I'm up, sitting in a chair for the physio sessions (a major relief from lying in bed).

Doc came in earlier and is happy with the condition of my lungs and draining of fluid within them. He may clamp the drains for a day before removing them, just to make sure that it's safe. All good signs though. 



Hey all. Going strong. Thanks for the personal messages as well - I'll get back in time as there are quite a few! But I appreciate them a lot.

Earlier they removed the drain from my left lung so thats great. One down, one left to go! Hopefully another two or three days and my chest will be a closed-unit once again.

Update: Day 12 @ 09:00hrs.
Kev had a good day yesterday, drains removed from his left lung and holding his own without the use of constant supplemental oxygen. At 20:00hrs he suddenly went into what appeared to me to be shock, shaking violently and sweating profusely. Medical staff stabilized him and he subsequently had a reasonably good nights’ sleep. I had been previously cautioned that he would undoubtedly experience good and bad spells. It must be born in mind that he is still heavily medicated and that appearances can be deceptive. Having said that, he is doing well considering the extent of his injuries. Hopefully the remaining drain in his right lung will be removed today. ??????Surgery on his left foot postponed. Doctors deliberating and will inform me in due course. His days have become fairly hectic with a regime of physio and exercises etc.

Update, Day 13 @ 10:45hrs:
All good news.
Kev is being moved from ICU to General at this time (a few days ahead of schedule).
Surgery to left ankle tomorrow.

Update, Day 13 @ 23:45hrs
Kev was in high spirits this evening and had a few chuckles at some of the comments ??. His doctor (the cardiac surgeon) told me that Kev could be released as early as Monday and transferred to a sub-acute hospital where he will begin a rehabilitation programme. I spent most of the afternoon making arrangements for his transfer and admittance. At the moment, simply rearranging his sheet and blanket leaves him panting for breath so he still has a long way to go. Surgery on his ankle is scheduled for 08:00hrs Friday...roughly 8 hours from now and the procedure should take longer than an hour.

Day14 11.43pm

 Update: Surgery is done. They tried to keep me awake for (spinal injection for numbing) as general anesthetic apparently results in fluids in lungs, but that didn't work so they put me out in the end anyway.

Went smoothly as far as I know. I am getting the feeling back in my legs andy left ankle is starting to hurt.

My only disappointment right now is that I was planning on watching the F1 over the weekend but they don't have the right channel on TV!

Update, Day 14 @ 23:55hrs

Kev’s ankle surgery went well. Tomorrow morning the drain in his right lung will be removed. From here on he will be reliant only on pain killers and medication to keep his blood pressure below normal. This minimizes the danger of rupturing the repaired artery. Early next week he should be relocated to the Intercare Sub-acute Hospital in Tyger Valley to start his rehabilitation programme.

 Update, Day 15 @ 23:59hrs

Kev had the last drain removed this morning. No longer tethered to his bed, he was able to get into a wheelchair unaided and move about at will. He was tired, had a headache and was a little grumpy. He was advised to increase the frequency of his breathing excercises. They regularly take blood for analysis so perhaps oxygen saturation is low which might explain the headache and fatigue. Perhaps he will feel better after a good nights’ sleep. Other than that he continues to steadily improve every day. 

Final Update: 16.05.18 @10.15hrs

Kev will be relocated to begin his physio programme today.
I am absolutely certain that the knowledge that friends, family and people unknown were routing for him, contributed greatly to his miraculous and speedy recovery. The medical staff were dedicated, compassionate professionals, one of whom postponed her leave in order to be with him when it seemed certain that the battle was lost. 



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