Emily Gladwin, 38, woke to the tragic news that her granddad had passed away and was barely home from hospital when her dad then died days later
A woman has been hit by a double tragedy after waking from a coma to find her granddad had died only for her dad to pass away days later.
Emily Gladwin, 38, initially had no serious symptoms when a routine work test returned a positive result on December 2 last year.
But her condition began to rapidly deteriorate over the coming days with “sky-high” temperature and blood pressure and plummeting oxygen levels.
She was placed into an induced coma woke up to the devastating news two-and-a-half weeks later that her beloved granddad had passed away.
Speaking to Wales Live, Emily, from Resolven, said: “I don’t remember anything about being in a coma, but I was having vivid dreams and nightmares which were recurring.
“They said they were talking to me, reading out letters from my family but I remember none of it. I dreamt my sister had a baby and was convinced it was true.
“When I woke up, I was really concerned, I saw these pipes and I thought they were experimenting on me, I didn’t have a clue what happened. I asked them if I had missed Christmas and they said yes.
As the next week or so went on, Emily’s health improved faster than anyone could have hoped for and she was allowed to leave on December 7.
But sadly, there was more bad news to come.
“Doctors and nurses were impressed with how quickly I made a recovery,” she said.
“I was moved to ward G and then went home three days later. I had to relearn to walk again, I started on a zimmer frame in hospital, but then had a stick for just the first few days I was home.
“I came out of hospital on January 7 and then my father, Gareth Williams, passed away on January 9. He was 76 years old and I only got to see him once in that time.
“He had Covid around the same time as me, but he recovered. He already had fibrosis (lung scarring) though and he died because he developed double pneumonia.”
Emily said that what happened to her family caused them all huge stress and upset, but that it has ultimately brought them even closer together. She said nobody in her family would have coped throughout the ordeal without the fantastic support from the Resolven community, as well as doctors and nurses in Morriston Hospital.
Emily said they went the extra mile to reassure the family despite hospitals being extremely busy around that time.
She is now challenging herself to walk up Pen y Fan on June 26 to raise money to say thank you to them.