This is a website to provide updates on Alastair Campbell, which is being used to keep family and friends updated, all in one place.
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Words from Helen... Alastair has been taken seriously ill and is currently unconscious in hospital. His condition is not good and at the moment we are unsure of the outcome. As you can imagine, it is difficult keeping everyone up to date with what is happening so we have set up this page as a way of informing friends and family about his condition.
Alastair had a cardiac arrest at his desk at work on Wednesday 28th June, a few hours after we returned from a family holiday in Crete, our very favourite place. The four of us had a great time and we were all relaxed and happy – so rested that we were even looking forward to getting back home and into our normal routines. He had not complained of feeling ill or any pain. CPR was given by one of the staff and the ambulance from St Luke’s arrived very quickly. They worked on him for some time before taking him to Kettering Hospital where they put in a stent and managed to get his heart beating again.
Since then he has been stable but unconscious, and brain damage has been the biggest concern due to a lack of blood to the brain. They kept him sedated for a few days and have been trying to wake him up but with no success so far. He has a response to pain and some stimuli but nothing so far at a more sophisticated level. He is having/has had some scans and tests but until he wakes up they can’t fully assess the damage.
The doctors have warned us that his chances of recovery are not good but there is still a chance due to his age (49) and fitness so they feel it is worth giving him time to show improvement. It is hard to know anything for certain at this stage, but it seems they are happy to support him for weeks and possibly months to enable this to happen.
Robbie, Ben and I are all devastated but we are a strong and loving family and we are keeping each other going. We are coping and going about our everyday lives as much as possible. I have been going into work on some occasions and the boys have been keeping busy. We have daily afternoon visits to the hospital where we can talk to Al, hold his hand and have some very special time with him.
Our family and friends have been amazing and we would like to thank you all for your thoughts, kind messages, flowers etc. (note: we have now run out of vases :-) ). Your support really has helped us and will continue to do so in the future. Al is a very special man to us but it seems he also is for a lot of other people too which is a real comfort.
I’d also like to mention the Ideal Marketing staff who have been fantastic. They have suffered an awful trauma and have kept the company going in difficult circumstances. We have a stable and talented staff and are running as normal – our aim is that our clients shouldn’t really notice any difference in service. We are continuing to look to the future to thrive and grow. I can never thank them enough for how they have supported us.
There may or may not be much to tell in the coming days and weeks, but I will put any updates on here as and when they occur so if you wish to be kept informed you can. If you see any of us walking around, don’t feel you can’t stop and chat. Some days are better than others but if we don’t want to talk about Al we won’t.