Amanda on the roll to recovery

Amanda Brock roller-blading from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes Hospital for charity.
Amanda Brock roller-blading from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes Hospital for charity.

A BRAVE mum of two who has recovered from a life-threatening disease has helped raise money for the hospital which saved her.

Amanda Brock, from Walnut Tree, roller bladed from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes along a canal path on Sunday. It was the first time she had ever done it and came a year, almost to the day, after she was struck down by Group A Streptococci.

Amanda Brock roller-blading from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes Hospital for charity.

Amanda Brock roller-blading from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes Hospital for charity.

She said: “I don’t really remember a lot about it to be honest. I gave birth to Chloe then I got really ill. I was at home for four days before I was taken to hospital and from there my mind is unclear.”

The disease attacked all of Amanda’s vital organs and she spent six weeks on a life support machine in the Critical Care Unit in Milton Keynes Hospital.

While under sedation, and completely unknown to her, Chloe, just four days old, also contracted a strain of the disease and spent five days in the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Amanda said: “After weeks of dedicated hospital staff and specialists elsewhere in the country working to beat the disease myself and Chloe both pulled through.

“In spite of the negative outlook given to me I came off dialysis, fought the possibility of amputation and learned to walk again with the support of the Milton Keynes Physiotherapy Unit. The staff there were really amazing and so nice and I think they would be so impressed with how I’ve recovered and what I’ve done over this weekend.”

The route, which ran along the Grand Union Canal, took Amanda six hours and 20 minutes.

Amanda was greeted in Milton Keynes by a host of supporters after her challenge and is now hoping to raise as much money as possible for the hospital.

She is now recovering at home with Chloe and four-year-old son Jake.

If you would like to donate to her call her mobile on 07896099564.