Seriously ill mother moves closer to home

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Seriously ill mother Katherine Boulton has at last been moved from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to a hospital closer to her Market Harborough home.

Katherine (42), suffered a major bleed on the brain in October while she was pregnant, and needed resuscitating.

It resulted in 11 hours of brain surgery. Then eight weeks into a recovery a tracheotomy pipe helping her breathe became dislodged and she had a cardiac arrest.

But her slow recovery is continuing, as she moves from Oxford to Leicester General Hospital.

It will make visits for husband Jamie, son Ollie and new daughter Phoebe more convenient.

Phoebe was born on Christmas Day and is doing well.

Katherine, in an induced coma at the time, knew nothing about her baby at first.

Friends now report that Katherine is having physiotherapy every day and being encouraged to stand.

She is also breathing without a tracheotomy pipe.

But she has a long way to go, and is still unable to eat properly, being tube-fed.

In the meantime, the fund for Katherine and her family is still going, having raised £18,776 of a £20,000 goal.

The money will help pay for child care - husband Jamie works in Leicester - and for Katherine’s recovery.

“It’s a real tragedy for a lovely family” said friend Steph Berry.

“And we friends just wanted to do something to help them.

“Katherine has looked after other people all her life – she trained as a nurse, and then worked at a therapeutic children’s home and then with youth groups.”

You can help the Boultons too at www.gofundme.com/katherines-story