It is our aim to help Ryans family raise the funds that they need in order that they can do the alterations to their home so that Ryan can return home to live. Approximately four years ago Ryan was an active teenager. What started as horrendous headaches, the series of events that followed now find Ryan confined to a wheelchair, on permanent ventilation and fed through a tube into his stomach, unable to ever eat again. Ryans one wish is to come home......and it is being prevented for financial reasons! Please, please, please surely in this day and age this sad situation does not need to prevail... If 30,000 people donate a 1 each, wow... Many thanks for reading this and if you feel you wish to help, every penny will spent in helping Ryan achieve his dream & be very much appreciated. Here is Ryan's story: Ryan is 23 years of age, he was only 19, when suddenly his life took a dramatic turn for the worse, ripping his and his whole familys world apart. He had been going to work every day, a happy, healthy, active teenager. Suddenly, he began getting frequent, awfully painful headaches. In April 2012, he went to the eye hospital with his dad for an eye test and they told his dad to get him straight to the hospital. Immediately, they went to the A&E department at the BRI, where after intense investigations, they found Ryan had a blocked ventricle in his brain. He was transferred to Frenchay Hospital that same day. The following morning he had his first emergency operation, which involved making a hole in the ventricle to relieve the pressure, but they were told this operation could potentially fail in the future. It was just four months later, in August 2012 that Ryan was lying relaxing on the sofa at home and suddenly started feeling sick. He ran upstairs but never made it to the bathroom. He collapsed on the landing floor. He was rushed to the BRI, where not long after, he experienced great difficulty breathing. He was sedated and taken straight to Frenchay hospital where they had to put a drain in to relieve the pressure, but as the sedation wore off, Ryan did not wake up. The family were told that due to the build-up of pressure on Ryans brain. His brain had been crushed and he would have some sort of brain damage; to what extent the doctors could not say, whilst mentioning that he may never regain consciousness. Ryan was in a coma for six weeks. He would have periods of having his eyes open but could not move. Once Ryan was more stable he had the second operation which involved putting in a stent to relieve the pressure, instead of the drain. Ryan continued to improve and spent eight months on the intensive care ward. He could not go to the rehabilitation ward in Bristol because he was fairly permanently on ventilation. The ward would not take ventilation patients. So his family were told that he was being sent to a rehab centre in Gloucester, Dean Neurological Centre. They had lots of hope and enthusiasm when he was sent here. Little did they know the problems that they would entail and they did not foresee that he would still be at the centre three and a half years later. Eighteen months into Ryans stay he was told he could go home for visits on a Saturday. The family had to buy a specially adapted disability car for this to happen. Ryans dad still does the 180 mile round trip every Saturday. Leaving his home in Bristol; driving to the rehabilitation centre; picking Ryan up; bringing him and a resident carer home; then taking Ryan back to the centre, before finally returning home to Bristol. All of this is at the familys own expense, which of course has never been resented, but just makes things harder for them, as they are already finding things a struggle. They could do without financial worries too. They had to save to buy the ramp to enable access for Ryan into the house and pay to widen a doorway for access. In March 2014, they applied for a disability grant so that they could get their house adapted and Ryans mum could train as a carer giving up her job. Hence, subject to the house adaptations needed, they would be able to bring Ryan home permanently. This is all Ryan and his family have wanted from the beginning. This gave Ryan and his family a little bit of hope and temporarily postponed his depression spiralling deeper and deeper out of control. This was until they were told the work needed to be carried out on their home would cost 60,000, but the funding is only for 30,000! A 30,000 shortfall that Ryans mum and dad had to find. So with his mum now not working because she spends each weekday travelling by bus to Temple Meads train station. Then gets the train to Gloucester, where she has another half hour walk to get to the rehabilitation centre where Ryan lives. She goes every day to be with Ryan and learn everything she needs to be Ryans carer. Then the arduous return journey each day. A full day, costing money, not earning! His dad, a 59 year old man, who should ideally be slowing down a little at this stage in his life, is now working all the hours he can in his job in a warehouse. He has no choice and just makes enough to make ends meet. To be able to afford petrol up and back to Gloucester every week and to support Ryans mums travel expenses to be with Ryan. Ryan himself gets income support benefit even though he is entitled to PIP but cannot have the payment because of where he is living. The likelihood of saving the 30,000 seems remote Now Ryans only wish is to come home permanently with all of his family around him. Knowing and accepting that this is the best case scenario for Ryan and the family, they need to have the work done on their home as soon as possible. He has not been home for more than 3 hours per week for the past 2 years. It is getting much harder for him. ******************************************************************************** **Original Article written by Ryans Mum and Dad Edited by myself, Denise Richards, who has been a friend of Ryans dads for over 12 years (by contact through his work) and strongly believes that there is a faster fix to their problem than the fundraising approach which has been taken so far. There exists a fund of approximately 3,000, which has been kindly donated so far over the past few years, but at a tenth of what is needed Let us restore the family's FAITH to make Ryan's dream come true!! .every little helps!! Thank you very much in advance, we cannot let them down.