King’s Critical Care Appeal
In July 2007, Peter Roseblade had a near-fatal cycling accident. He developed blood clots in both lungs and was in a coma for five days. He tells us why he’s supporting our Support Life Appeal, to transform the way we treat our most critically ill and injured patients in a world-class new Critical Care Centre.
‘I was cycling home from work when a car pulled out in front of me. I hit the car hard and was flung into the air. The next thing I knew, I was lying in the middle of the road with several people around me, telling me to keep still and stay calm.
'I was taken to King’s, where the back of my head was stitched up. I had broken my back in three places and also had a broken shoulder blade, elbow and ribs. I had blood clots in both my lungs, which had also collapsed.
'Over the next couple of days, my condition deteriorated and I was moved to the critical care unit, where I spent the next five days in an induced coma on a life support system. At one point, my condition was critical. Treating the blood clots in my lungs was especially difficult as I had bruising on the brain.’
A terrifying experience
‘When I came round from my coma, I was on very strong painkillers which gave me nightmares – I thought people were trying to attack me, and that spiders were coming down the walls.
'Despite these trying times, I am still here today. I owe my life and subsequent recovery to the medical team at King's critical care unit, to whom I will be eternally grateful.
'Since my accident I have become a keen cyclist. I was eager to raise money for King’s, so in 2015 I took part in RideLondon, cycling 100 miles through London and Surrey.
'I am so grateful to King's, and was happy to be able to help them in return.'
There are many ways you can support King’s Support Life Appeal – from cycling to singing! Find out how to get involved.