A devastated mom and sister have opened up about their expertise of dropping a beloved one to leukemia as they elevate cash in his reminiscence.
The household of Ashford man Oliver James ‘OJ’ Brignall are elevating cash to attempt to cease others struggling the same tragedy.
His mom Michelle Atkins described her son, who died simply 27, as “like to be round”.
“OJ was humorous, he was the life and soul of the social gathering,” she mentioned.
“He had an enormous smile and was very pleased to go fortunate.”
OJ, who lived with Particular Academic Wants and loved happening vacation to Butlins amongst different issues, turned out of the blue unwell after a fall at house aged 26.
“At some point within the kitchen he put his arm down towards the microwave, put his head to his arm and dropped it,” defined Michelle.
“When the ambulance got here they did not appear instantly involved, however over the subsequent few days he continued to worsen, he was very drained and saved sleeping.
“Lastly we took him to the hospital and after they did blood checks, we discovered he had Leukemia.”
OJ was identified with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a really aggressive kind that targets bone marrow cells.
“It was such a shock, it did not appear actual,” mentioned his sister, Abby Brignall.
“It is a very dangerous scenario, we knew the survival price was not good. “
Only one yr after he was first identified, OJ was taken house to arrange for the tip of his life, dying a couple of hours after going to mattress.
“The ordeal he went by means of was troublesome to say the least,” Michelle mentioned.
“There have been horrendous procedures, together with bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusions that gave him horrible rashes and plenty of chemotherapy.
“Simply earlier than he died, he mentioned thanks for staying within the hospital with me, I do know I could be a ache, thanks for placing up with me.
“I miss his thoughts, I miss all the pieces about him.”
A yr on from OJ’s loss of life in September 2021, his household’s expertise is motivating them to boost cash so different households do not must undergo comparable hardships.
“Being on these wards, and listening to the moans and groans of ache from the individuals there was sufficient to make me do one thing about it,” mentioned Michelle.
“I actually perceive what they’re going by means of, I really feel like I’ve to do one thing and lift cash for higher checks or something that may make it higher for another person.
“Perhaps they will even get a remedy someday, or at the least, kinder therapies.”
Michelle and Abby are holding a enjoyable day to boost cash for Leukemia UK. It takes place at St Francis Church Corridor in Ashford from 11am to 4pm on Saturday.