2018
June 29

The Accident

The Accident
June 30

1st Surgery

Escharotomy to maintain blood flow in legs
July 3

2nd Surgery

Debridement of both legs
July 6

3rd Surgery

Debridement of abdomen, arms and back
July 8

1 Week

Kelvin was put on lockdown because he had developed infections
July 9

4th Surgery

Debridement of back and bum
July 11

5th Surgery

Tracheostomy performed
July 13

6th Surgery (2 Weeks)

Skin grafts using cadaver skin on right thigh). Muscle cut out in left shin
July 17

7th Surgery

Skin grafts using cadaver skin on legs and torso
July 19

8th Surgery

Skin grafts using cadaver skin on back, bum and back of legs
July 20

3 Weeks

Started to bring him out of the coma
July 22

9th Surgery

All wounds exposed for assessment under full sedation
July 27

10th Surgery (4 Weeks)

Meek skin grafts on abdomen
July 31

11th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on right thigh and some torso
August 2

12th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on right calf
August 3

5 Weeks

August 7

13th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on left thigh
August 9

6 Weeks

Trache removed for the first time
August 14

14th Surgery

Debridement of the side of his back
August 17

7 Weeks

August 19

Infection

We were told that Kelvin had developed a Pseudomonas auruginosa infection
August 22

Tilt Table

Kelvin was put upright on a tilt table
August 24

8 Weeks

August 28

15th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on torso, thighs and flanks
August 28

15th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on torso, thighs and flanks
August 31

9 Weeks

September 4

16th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on left thigh
September 6

17th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on right thigh
September 7

10 Weeks

September 11

18th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on back of thighs. Kelvin was put back in an induced coma and was put back on the ventilator
September 14

11 Weeks

Kelvin woke up today
September 20

12 Weeks

Kelvin sat up on the edge of the bed for the first time
September 26

19th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on right flank
September 28

13 Weeks

October 3

20th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on left thigh and bum
October 5

14 Weeks

October 12

15 Weeks

October 14

he has become delirious due to sepsis
October 19

16 Weeks

October 20

Kelvin went into septic shock and was put on dialysis
October 25

21st Surgery

Meek skin grafts on chest and abdomen
October 26

17 Weeks

October 29

Kelvin was taken off the ventilator again
October 31

Kelvin was put back on the ventilator
November 2

18 Weeks

November 6

22nd Surgery

Meek skin grafts on torso and front of legs
November 9

19 Weeks

November 16

20 Weeks

November 21

Kelvin experienced another septic shock episode
November 22

23rd Surgery

Meek skin grafts on right buttock and part of his back
November 23

21 Weeks

November 24

Kelvin was put on dialysis and 100% ventilation again
November 30

22 Weeks

December 5

December 7

23 Weeks

23 Weeks
December 10

Fluid was found in his lungs
December 14

24 Weeks

December 21

25 Weeks

December 27

24th Surgery

Kelvin went into cardiorespiratory arrest today but was successfully resuscitated. He started having seizures following the resuscitation
December 28

26 Weeks

2019
January 1

A new infection (Acinetobacter baumannii) was found
January 3

Infection count is back to normal
January 4

27 Weeks

January 8

MRI

January 11

28 Weeks

January 18

29 Weeks

January 22

25th Surgery

Meek skin grafts on left buttock and the backs of both legs
January 24

He went into multiple organ failure and was put back on dialysis and full ventilation
January 25

30 Weeks

February 1

31 Weeks

He is off dialysis
February 2

His lungs filled with fluid so he was put back on dialysis and full ventilation
February 8

32 Weeks

February 15

33 Weeks

February 22

34 Weeks

He went into septic shock today and is critical
March 1

35 Weeks

March 8

36 Weeks

March 10

Breathing through fenestrated tracheostomy tube
March 12

He sat up in a chair for the first time
March 15

37 Weeks

March 22

38 Weeks

Walked 2 steps to chair with the help of physio and nurses
March 24

Back on ventilation
March 25

Crashed again (Sepsis)
March 29

39 Weeks

April 5

40 Weeks

April 7

Was asked if he wants to say something to his friends and he said: “Tell them I’m coming back.”
April 12

41 Weeks – 26th Surgery

Panendoscopy and dilation of trachea
April 19

42 Weeks

April 26

43 Weeks

May 2

27th Surgery

Meek skin grafts to upper left leg, groin and right knee. Had a seizure and was resuscitated.
May 3

44 Weeks

May 7

Kelvin says Thanks You!!

A Thank You Message from Kelvin. Hear him speak for the first time below.
May 9

Stood with support
May 10

45 Weeks

May 14

Kelvin’s Birthday!!

He left his room and had cake in the coffee shop for the first time.
May 17

46 Weeks

May 24

47 Weeks

May 31

48 Weeks

June 4

28th Surgery

Meek skin grafts to buttocks
June 6

He had to be resuscitated this morning. He is now back on the ventilator and is fully sedated.
June 7

49 Weeks

June 13

29th Surgery

Tracheostomy and Meek skin grafts to buttocks.
June 14

50 Weeks

June 21

Lungs are in distress and at risk of losing grafts.
June 21

51 Weeks

June 29

ONE YEAR

July 5

53 Weeks

July 8

Taken off ventilator and is talking.
July 11

Had to be put back on the ventilator.
July 12

54 Weeks

July 19

55 Weeks

July 26

56 Weeks

August 1

Trache was removed.
August 2

57 Weeks

August 9

58 Weeks

August 16

59 Weeks

He was moved to Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital.
August 19

A number of assessments were done to assess his current level of functionality.
August 21

They are weaning him off oxygen.
August 23

60 Weeks

August 25

Wheeled himself in his wheelchair and he was taken out to the parking lot. He was also taken off the oxygen and is doing well.
August 25

He stood with the physio and managed to let go of the walker briefly and looked left and right while standing.
August 30

61 Weeks

August 31

Walked about 7m with the walker – he says he’s feeling stronger.
September 6

62 Weeks

September 13

63 Weeks

Kelvin says Thank You!
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