Peterborough mum ‘blessed’ to see kids grow up after brush with death

Samantha and Lee Walker in hospital with baby Isabelle
Samantha and Lee Walker in hospital with baby Isabelle
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A mum who survived a close brush with death feels blessed she can now watch her children grow up.

Samantha Walker was placed in a coma for four weeks after suffering a pulmonary embolism which saw her resuscitated twice at Peterborough City Hospital.

And her reward for surviving the ordeal was to see her baby Isabelle (1) take her first steps and daughter Lillie (4) go to school for the first time.

Samantha (28) of Parnwell, who also has a nine-year-old son called William, said: “I feel blessed to be able to see and be part of these special moments. It can be very overwhelming but I enjoy every moment with all my children and cherish every one now as life can be so short.”

Samantha was in hospital in January for a routine check-up when her problems surfaced. She said: “I basically turned around and said ‘someone sedate me, I can’t breath’. I felt like someone had smacked me in the chest and four weeks later I was waking up.

“When I woke up I could not read, write, talk or walk. But in a week I could do everything again. I feel very lucky.”

The pulmonary embolism - a blockage in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs - has low survival rates for people who are not treated immediately.

In Samantha’s case it occurred from long periods of travelling on the train with husband Lee which led to a blood clot in her leg that then moved up to the heart and lungs.

Samantha spent six weeks in hospital in total and has now made a full recovery, although she has suffered memory loss and will have to take Warfarin for the rest of her life to prevent her blood clotting.

Samantha, though, wants to give something back to the hospital staff who took care of her and her family so well, including her mum who visited every day for four weeks.

She arranged a charity psychic night last month - with another planned for November - which has taken her nearly a quarter of the way to the £2,000 fundraising target she has set.

The money will allow others to receive the same care Samantha did which included a tube down her throat and an oxygen mask which both helped her to breath.

This followed on from dialysis when her kidneys failed and a blood transfusion.

Samanatha, who won the Peterborough Telegraph’s ‘Pride in Peterborough Awards’ in 2013 for for her outstanding work for charities and businesses, added: “I just wanted to say thank you to the critical care team that looked after my family. It would be nice to provide the family room with more equipment.

“When I came round they did not know if I was going to be a vegetable. With their technique they were able to help me breath on my own and feed myself.”