Fiona, Andrew’s fiancé, had an agonising decision to make. At what point would she need to start cancelling their wedding preparations?
Andrew spent four days in an induced coma after hitting his head on his Stag Do just weeks before his wedding. His family and bride-to-be remained at his side throughout, uncertain of what the future would bring.
On the day of Andrew's accident, his friends had gathered in a pub in Covent Garden to celebrate his forthcoming nuptials. In time honoured tradition they had dressed the Stag in a costume, ironically in Andrew’s case as a nurse.
At around 9pm, Andrew made his way to the bathroom only to be found later unconscious at the bottom of the stairs.
The London’s Air Ambulance team arrived at scene in a rapid response car. The team gave Andrew anaesthetic to put him to sleep and start the healing process, “procedures that were necessary to save my brain” said Andrew.
“If anything, my family felt the worst of the incident more so than I did because I was out of it and unaware of what was going on. With head injuries it’s hard for doctors to give a clear prognosis until at least a week after the event, so there was a lot of uncertainty for them about whether I’d even be able to get married”.
Weeks after sustaining a potentially life changing injury, Andrew was standing at the front of Wymondham Abbey watching his future wife walk down the aisle.
Understandably it was an emotional day for the couple, their friends and family but Andrew’s best man, his brother, had a lot of ammunition for his speech - not least relating to the attire the groom was found wearing by the medical team...
Andrew and Fiona now have a son, and are currently expecting their second child. The couple completed the Prudential RideLondon 100m cycle challenge in August 2014. On one of the wettest days of the year, the couple raised £2,000 for London’s Air Ambulance.