Wedding anniversary

Walney woman shouldn’t survive accident celebrates wedding anniversary

These are the words of Martin Wilson who medics told his wife would not be staying the night after falling down the stairs in the attic of their Walney house.

Sheila, 64, was found “curled up like a baby” on the ground and in a coma.

Mr Wilson, 64, was told by a consultant that it would be an “absolute miracle” if she made it through.

The family were told that she might not wake up and if she did, she would likely be in a vegetative state – however, she started to show signs of improvement.

And now, a year later, the couple have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows.

RENEWAL: Martin and Sheila during their renewal of vows

“We have all said our prayers for her,” Mr. Wilson said. “Some say miracles don’t happen, they do, I can assure you they do.”

Ms Wilson is believed to have missed a step on the attic stairs while carrying a box of ornaments.

Mr. Wilson described hearing an “almighty bang” and rushed to help.

He said: “She was just bubbling and not responding at all and I thought it was wrong and called the ambulance and they were there within minutes.”

A first responder, North West Ambulance Service, and the Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the incident on October 1, 2020.

Mr Wilson said: “I heard the helicopter go by, it was so fast. No sooner had the ambulance arrived than the helicopter arrived.

“They explained it was serious and they said she had a head injury and needed to put her to sleep and I helped her carry her downstairs.”

Ms Wilson was put into a induced coma and was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital.

Mr Wilson said: “The consultant saw me in the hospital and told me it was very serious, that she had broken her pelvis and that there were two brain bleeds. We were right in the center of the brain which is the worst possible place to have one and nothing can be done.

“It looked like there was no brain activity and they said to let the rest of the family know that we don’t think she will get through the night. If she does, it’s an absolute miracle.

Ms. Wilson was put on a survival machine. Mr. Wilson would call his wife and the phone would be lifted to her ear.

“I played The Fields of Athenry, which is the song we danced to at our wedding,” he added.

Ms Wilson returned home on December 5.

“She’s coming back to normal but it’s going to take a lot longer to get there, she’s probably 75-80% there,” Wilson said.

The couple were due to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2020, but the party has been delayed due to Covid. On August 28, the couple renewed their vows.

WEDDING: Martin and Sheila Wilson at their wedding

WEDDING: Martin and Sheila Wilson at their wedding

Mr Wilson said: “We called it 25 plus one. It was written on the cake.

“Everyone was there and we had such a great day thanks to everyone who helped. Without the ambulance, first responders, GNAAS, and surgeons, she wouldn’t be here.


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