May 14th, 9:00am Lima

Not such a responsive visit with Will yesterday as he didn’t open his eyes at all.  We got 3 head and chest scans ordered and they are scheduling him in sooner as they really want to get him discharged.

On my way now to a solo morning visit (Denise is looking after her father) and to take in good Vitamin C powder to help with his pneumonia.  I will play him a few songs and the coma frequency and talk to him for as long as I can.

Meanwhile, here’s an idea of what the queues are like just getting 1 piece of paper stamped, signed and processed.

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May 13th, 8:00am Lima

This is a long one.

I tried something new yesterday which seemed to work.  I went in to see him in the morning and said hello, informing him who I was with my full name.  I said to him, “I know you are in there but might be exploring your world with your “inside eyes”, but what I want you to do is come out and find me with your “outside eyes”.  Nothing happened.

About 10 minutes later as Denise and I were talking with the doctor, both of them stopped talking abruptly and gasped, looking at Will, saying (in Spanish) “Oh my God, he’s opened both his eyes wide open”!  Sure enough,  he was looking straight at me.  The doctor did the light test on his pupils but he was not as responsive as before.

Although he doesn’t really ‘see’ anything I believe he is attempting to let us know that he is in there and dealing with his trauma as best he can.  I also know that this could be a complete fluke but I am going to try it again this morning.

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Other than that we found him sweating with laboured breathing as he fought off some of the fever. They had aspirated him to get rid of the fluid in his lungs twice already so this is still a problem.  We cooled him down, fed him his raw organic protein shake, massaged his arms and legs, put some gel on a bed sore and made him as comfortable as possible.  As you might wonder, the consistent care from the nurses in this ward is ‘intermittent’ and depends on who is on duty. His breakfast had been left to get round to but it was already 11am and he hadn’t been given it. The doctors are first class and know exactly what is going on and we are scheduled for more brain scans but as it is not an emergency situation the slot is about 2 weeks away.

I also played him a frequency that has been designed to gently help with the brain trauma by a friend of mine, Bob Dursi, who has had experience with coma patients (www.robertdursi.com). Just 20 minutes a few times a day can help and as I have been a Brain State Conditioning practitioner myself, without going into detail for the moment, I understand how sound frequencies can assist in balancing the brain (www.brainstatetech.com).

When we get some feedback from the Lucie Blackman Trust on the cost of an air ambulance from their list of preferred partners, we will have a target for fund raising to fly him home. Then it is down to timing on how quickly this can be raised.

In the meantime we are interviewing a professional nursing service to visit Will every day Denise can’t (she has some commitments from today for a few weeks) to check up on him and take in supplies until he is discharged, then take him to a care facility where he will be in a ‘home’ environment and looked after around the clock with Denise visiting until we can get him home. I am writing the necessary documents and letters and having them notarised in preparation for his transfer as we do not know when he will be discharged.

I will be meeting Denise and the professional nursing service owner at the hotel at 9:30 this morning and we will all go in to see Will together.

Will still needs your loving audio messages (use a voice memo on an iPhone) so send them by email to savewill-at-savewillwelch-dot-com.  They can be rambling long winded messages – he just needs to hear your voice. Imagine being in a place where you don’t understand the language, there are noises all around you and occasional screams of pain from other patients, the background Spanish radio – not a place you would feel eager to engage and on some level quite frightening, so having voices of familiar English friends and memories he can grasp onto will make a positive difference to his process.

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OK, on with the day. Thanks for reading. More tomorrow.

Lucie Blackman Trust

Matthew Searle from the Lucie Blackman Trust has been kind enough to respond to our campaign and will be promoting this website for donations.

http://www.lbtrust.org

https://www.facebook.com/LBTrust/

Please support this valuable resource for missing persons abroad and thank you Matt for your help.

May 12th, 8:00am Lima

It’s been a little difficult to get reliable internet access even at the hotel so apologies for the lack of posts recently.

I did go into the hospital yesterday and was quite shocked at the muscle wasting in Will’s arms and legs compared to his state 3 weeks ago when I left.  I have switched his food to a raw organic meal replacement powder and discussed it with the nutritionist (who was remarkably open to the idea) and I fed him his first batch.

After a brief visit to the outside pharmacy to get some supplies, I came back to find a nurse giving him a bed bath and helped her wash his hair. During this, when he was being rolled over, he opened both eyes and they remained open for the next hour. I was able to test pupil response with a strong light and there was slow but definite reaction to light from both eyes and in equal measure.  I played him some music and talked to him constantly and was able to look directly into his eyes. He is not able to “see” me and it is not like when you are looking at someone who is fully conscious but I believe his realises I am there and a known person.  This was an encouraging sign of his brain activity and is a progression from when I left him but it is still unknown what this really means in terms of his recovery and ability to regain full consciousness.  But I am truly hopeful because of this.

The hospital doctor said that as soon as he is over his infection (which has been clearing up after taking him off anti-biotics) they want to discharge him but as there is no “home” for him to go to I went to see 2 care home facilities with Denise. They are both basic facilities and cost around $1000 a month including supplies like oxygen and daily needs.  This is an option until we know if we can get him flown back.

Thanks to his friend Jess, the Lucie Blackman Trust has been in contact with me and they are liaising with the Foreign Office, their own advisors and known air ambulance companies to see if we can get him flown back. It will take everyone’s help to fund this if it is possible, so please gear up for making an extra effort to spread the word for donations.

As usual, your love, prayers and willingness to talk to others and get donations is vital to Will’s recovery. The fact that he has got this far is a testament to that, so thanks for what you are doing.

Denise has been truly amazing in helping Will – I am exhausted after just one day so to do this all week for the last 3 weeks takes real dedication and strength.

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May 9th, 8:30 PST

No changes to report over the weekend. I am heading down there again tomorrow and will be with the doctors Weds morning for a full update. My intention is to get a new set of scans and a doctor’s report so his condition can be re-assessed in terms of current and long term prognosis.

This is where he is now. He has been bought an anti-bedsore mattress and good pillows for his head and feet and I will be taking better nutritional supplements to feed him on.

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May 7th 2:00pm PST

Denise went to see Will again today and the doctors will be stopping his anitbiotics for 2 days as they want to rule out antibiotics as being the cause of his constant fever. 

They will be doing some tests to evaluate infection and proceed accordingly. Staff are doing the best they can under the circumstances/conditions. 

Will is still in a critical condition, and the goal is still to return him to the UK. Dos de Mayo is a national hospital accommodating the poorest people who come in with all sorts of infection to which Will’s body might not be strong enough to withstand.

Denise rescued a loose tooth today (it could have fallen out and choked him) so it is a daily vigil to keep him as healthy as possible.  I will be down there again to assess what we can do with all the alternatives available at this point.  

Denise has been incredibly generous with her time and attention to Will’s needs and without her daily visits he would be in much worse shape. 

May 5th, 2:00pm PST

Denise has been in already today and the doctors have rolled him over to relieve him of some bed sores. I have a special salve which I will be taking down with me to aid in recovery and to guard against infections. He has been on his back for 35 days.

He did open both his eyes fully when being rolled over but he really wasn’t ‘there’ Denise said.  I hope to be able to communicate something with him.