Macy Window, 21, was applauded by staff at King’s College hospital after recovering sufficiently to be transferred to a specialist rehabilitation unit after months of care and therapy. She was one of most complex trauma patients treated by the hospital, where she received more than 600 hours of therapy. After the “most emotional exit ever”, she thanked staff, saying: “Together, they have all made such a difference and they are the reason I am the way I am today.”
Ms Window, then 19, suffered traumatic injuries when her car aquaplaned in torrential rain on the M2 in Kent and hit a tree on June 6 last year as she drove home from university to Essex to celebrate her father’s birthday.
She was airlifted to King’s, in Denmark Hill, with injuries including a severed main artery, multiple fractures including two broken femurs, her pelvis and ribs and a punctured lung. It took hours to extract her from the wreckage.
She had 14 hours of surgery to save her life and was placed in an induced coma for six weeks. She remained in critical care for seven months and had more than a dozen operations.
She was initially dependent on others for every activity but gradually learned how to sit unsupported on the edge of the bed, roll side to side with reduced support and feed herself. Unable to use her hands after suffering a series of strokes, she kept in touch with family and friends by adapting her iPad to voice control during the pandemic. Staff organised her 21st birthday celebrations.
Ms Window, from Corringham, was discharged last month. She said: “The surgeons, doctors and nurses on Frank Stansil critical care unit worked tirelessly to save my life. I made good relationships with staff but I’m happy to be moving on to the next stage.”
Martine Balmir, therapy lead for major trauma, said: “It was very emotional to watch her leave the hospital sitting up in her wheelchair smiling, because I know how difficult it has been and how much work it took on both sides.”
Ms Window and her family have raised more than £30,000 to pay for her ongoing rehabilitation. She hopes to complete her English literature degree and become a healthcare volunteer.
Ms Window is crowdfunding support for her rehabilitation at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/macy-window