Friday, 19 February 2016

My Daddy


Two years ago on returning from a trip abroad a friend and neighbour became desperately ill. Eventually he was diagnosed with encephalitis. It is known that this disease can be caused by either a virus or a bacteria but there are also many unknowns connected with the disease.
His journey has been very long and slow, and his memory greatly affected. Recently he had more tests in the renowned John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and even they seem to be unsure as to the best way forward for him. He had great difficulty explaining to us what had happened during his week in Oxford even though he had only just returned home - his memory completely lets him down. Although he is in his early 50s it is now very unlikely that he will ever be able to work again.
Nicki, his 13 year old daughter, has made this moving little film about 'My Daddy', and the consequences for their family. It would be wonderful and much appreciated if you felt you could vote for her in connection with World Encephalitis Awareness Day here. It would be lovely for the family if she won.
If you do vote you will be sent an acknowledgement email saying that you will be put on the Encephalitis mailing list, but there is a section on the email where you can cancel and opt out of this. The results will be given on the 22nd February so time is very short - thanking you in anticipation.
 

26 comments:

  1. This terrible affliction can be caused by something as tiny as a tick bite.

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  2. This most wonderful and loving tribute from a (only) 13 year old girl to her father moved me to tears.
    And to give my vote.

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  3. This is an awfull sickness. A lovely video the girl made of her daddy.
    I have voted.
    A very very close friend of mine in S.A many many years ago, had this sickness. He was bedridden for over 6 months.. and slowly came back to life. I will keep this man in my prayers and hope that there might be some sort of improvement for him. god bless him. Val xx

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  4. Hello Rosemary, What a terrible thing to happen to your friend. My sympathies go out to him and his family.
    --Jim

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  5. A beautiful film, a lovely tribute and all so sad. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Encephalitis is such a horrible disease. I saw the video and voted for it just now, hoping a good news of her win to her family.

    Yoko

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  7. Happy to vote for this video. Very moving. Best wishes to the family.

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  8. A devastating situation for your friend and his family. Thank you for sharing the video and the information about the Awareness Day.

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  9. Such a tragedy, Rosemary. I have voted, of course, and hope they will win.

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  10. I have watched and voted, Rosemary. I hope your young friend wins - it would be such a boost for her.

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  11. Me too. . . . . watched and voted, it's an amazing video, very sad in content but joyful knowing that this young lady was brave and talented enough to share her Daddy's story and struggle. I will definitely pass it along to other family members, and friends, to watch and hopefully cast their vote for her grand effort.
    I hope he improves - one must never give up hope as modern medicine discovers amazing cures for the strangest conditions - hopefully this will be one where a breakthrough will come along very soon.
    Mary -

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  12. Dear Rosemary,
    what a lovely video this little girl made for her dad.
    I'm shoched ,he is so young and what a lovely family they are!
    Yes,i will vote and pray he improves soon!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Dimi...

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  13. That is a wonderful video that your neighbour's daughter has created for her Daddy. It's so sad to hear about this dreadful disease and how it has affected all his family. I have voted too. Sarah x

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  14. I have voted just now .A lovely video for her dad .I wish this little girl will be the winner !
    Thank you for sharing this .

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  15. Thank you for raising awareness of this Rosemary. Such a moving video. I will vote now

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  16. I PRE-SCHEDULED THIS POST AS I LEFT HOME AT 6.30am THIS MORNING, AND HAVE ONLY JUST RETURNED THIRTEEN HOURS LATER. I WAS OVERWHELMED WHEN I SAW ALL OF YOUR VERY KIND RESPONSES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR VOTING; I KNOW THAT NICKI WILL REALLY APPRECIATE IT♡

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  17. Why do these awful things happen to people who just don't deserve them. And what a brave little girl.

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  18. I know (or knew) nothing of this terrible disease. I have viewed and voted. How sad for your friend and his family, at least Max was in his late 70's when his memory went with dementia.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Done :) I hope there will be good news, good signs soon .. God bless that sweet little girl and her daddy and everyone else.

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  20. Rosemary, I wandered by your post last evening so voted then - returned today to say :)

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  21. Of course I will vote. So very sad. One of my brother in laws is leaving us by way of Alsheiimers. I can't imagine how tragic this is for a child. She did a great job.

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  22. How sad when serious illness strikes , I voted !

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  24. Oh gosh, things like this so break me up. How precious and heartfelt that is. Yes, I'm gogin there now too. Thank you.

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  25. I'm afraid I was away when you posted this and came home too late to vote, Rosemary. A heartbreaking little video about a cruel disease. It killed my 27 year-old aunt back in the late 1920s, long before antibiotics were available.

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