Regular readers/viewers will be aware that in November 2015 former Jersey politician, Human Rights and anti Child Abuse Campaigner, Bob Hill, suffered a near fatal stroke/brain haemorrhage which we reported HERE. The stroke left Bob paralysed on his right hand side and he lost his ability to speak.
Bob spent seven months in hospital/Overdale hospital recuperating and was discharged in June last year (2016). He moved back into his house where his wife Ann had had the house modified/adapted to cater for Bob's new needs. We reported on Bob's release from hospital and return home HERE.
Since his return home Bob has been making slow but significant progress. He is still paralysed down his right hand side and struggles with his speech although there has been significant improvement with his speech.
Last week I watched Bob stand up out of his wheelchair (with his walking aid), do a 360 turn, and sit back down again. This was a huge step forward and very encouraging. Well I suppose, strictly speaking, it was a few steps in a circle but you get what I mean!
Less than a week later I watched Bob (video below) get out of his wheelchair, walk to the front door, get the mail from the letter box, and walk back to sit down. This is very significant progress and lots of steps forward!
A number of our readers/viewers have contacted us both publicly (comments on Blogs) and privately asking how Bob and family are getting on, is Bob getting better? We've even been asked if he is still alive!
After witnessing these massive steps forward today we wanted to share this significant event with our readers and well wishers.
It should be mentioned that Bob is under instruction NOT to attempt walking without a physiotherapist being present. Bob's wife Ann has had to sign a waiver taking responsibility should Bob fall while trying to walk. This explains why Ann is a lot more worried when Bob is on his feet than he is!
Those who know Bob will know that he's never been one for doing what he is told and, as the saying goes; "you can't keep a good man down!"