Terrie HemsleyTerrie Hemsley's son Paul served with the Grenadier Guards. A significant injury in Afghanistan followed by a serious medical mistake led to life changing injuries and Terrie's battle to care for her severely disabled son.
Terrie Hemsley – Film 1Terrie Hemsley's son Paul was injured in Afghanistan in 2012. The comedian of the family, he joined the army cadets at the age of 12. Paul went on his first tour of Afghanistan with the Grenadier Guards in 2009. Watch as Terrie describes how on his return he had a short temper and became aggressive towards the family.
Terrie Hemsley – Film 2Terrie Helmsley's son Paul returned to Afghanistan in 2012 and was injured when he stood on an IED. He lost his leg and sustained shrapnel injuries. Whilst being flown by helicopter to the field hospital he was intubated into his stomach instead of his lungs. Hear Terrie describe how, starved of oxygen for 11 minutes, Paul suffered brain damage.
Terrie Hemsley – Film 3Terrie Hemsley's son Paul was repatriated to the UK after being injured standing on a IED in Afghanistan. His leg was amputated above the knee and Terrie was told he may have brain damage. At the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability and in a persistent vegetative state for 3 months, Terrie was told that he was blind and deaf. Watch as Terrie describes testing this for herself , and how finding that he could hear stirred the fight in her to get him treated properly.
Terrie Hemsley – Film 4Terrie Hemsley was caring for her seriously injured son Paul when she received a welcome pack from Help for Heroes' Band of Sisters. Too busy fighting for her sons’ life, she ignored it for a year. Having realised that support was available, she has since been to see Robbie Williams in concert with the Band of Sisters, and attended respite weekends where she has met a lot of new friends who support each other. Listen as Terrie explains how Paul has also accessed time away with Help for Heroes despite being non-communicative and needing 24 hour care.
Terrie Hemsley – Film 5Terrie Hemsley is determined to give son Paul the best possible life she can. He has had small improvements over the last 8 years and there may be more with a bit of luck and good support, but she worries that veterans with brain injuries don't get the level of support they should. Watch as Terrie describes how an all-terrain wheelchair from Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion has helped Paul to get out into the countryside.
Terrie Hemsley’s son Paul served with the Grenadier Guards. A significant injury in Afghanistan followed by a serious medical mistake led to life changing injuries and Terrie’s battle to care for her severely disabled son.