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Romford couple aim to raise thousands of pounds for Queen’s Hospital department as a thank you for life-changing surgery

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 November 2017

John Clarke with Consultant Neurosurgeons Hu Liang Low and Dr Anjum Misbahuddin, being shown x-rays of his brain and equipment used to control his tremors from Parkinsons

John Clarke with Consultant Neurosurgeons Hu Liang Low and Dr Anjum Misbahuddin, being shown x-rays of his brain and equipment used to control his tremors from Parkinsons

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A couple are aiming to raise thousands of pounds so a hospital’s neurosurgery department can purchase new equipment, to say thank you for a life-changing operation.

John Clarke, 68, of Church Lane, Romford, and his wife 70-year-old Rosemary, have set up a Go Fund Me page, asking for £7,000 to give to Queen’s Hospital’s Functional Neurosurgery Research Fund.

The donations will then be spent on a cardotomy set, which helps to relieve terminally ill cancer patients’ pain.

John said: “This piece of equipment could really make a difference to the people receiving treatment and going through one of the hardest times of their lives.

“It might be expensive but we think it’s worth it and we want to help.”

John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago but over the past few months, has suffered with a tremor in his left hand, leaving him unable to do some of the most simplest of tasks such as holding a cup of tea.

He was given the option to have a Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery to stop the tremor and just hours following the operation, he started noticing the difference.

John said: “I could barely do anything for myself, I didn’t feel like a man anymore.

“But the operation changed my life, I started to feel like me again.

“Everyone in the department is fantastic and work so hard and this is our way of saying thank you.”

The couple have set up the fundraising page and are planning on holding events such as boot sales to raise the money.

Consultant neurosurgeon Ian Low said: “I’m really happy that Mr Clarke has done so well after his operation and so pleased that he has decided to help us raise money to fund additional equipment for our Neurosurgical department.”

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