‘I’d like to reach out’ – Royston woman who spent seven weeks in a coma returns to home town after haemorrhage

Susan Webster with a memory book made by staff at Addenbrookes hospital has returned home after suff

Susan Webster with a memory book made by staff at Addenbrookes hospital has returned home after suffering from a fall on the 14th October 2014 caused by a Subarachnoid haemorrhage which left her in a coma for 7 weeks - Credit: Archant

A woman who came close to death after suffering a haemorrhage which left her in a coma for seven weeks is calling out to friends in Royston to come and say hello, as she returned to her home last week.

A year ago almost to the day, Susan Webster had a life-changing fall that almost ended her life.

A keen rider ‘always on the go’, she had just gone to check on her horses in a field between Sandon and Therfield.

She said: “I looked at the ground, it was very uneven. The next thing, my legs just went. I ended up on my knees, I couldn’t get up.”

The 53-year-old, who has been riding horses since the age of 10, called emergency services, but couldn’t tell them where she was before passing out.


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Luckily somebody from Tyrrell’s Equine Clinic was nearby, found Susan, and called an ambulance to take her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

When she got to hospital, doctors found she had suffered hypothermia and a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

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She said: “The next thing I wake up after being in a coma for seven weeks. I woke up and needed to go to the loo. People were in shock to see me awake.”

Susan was then taken to a care home in Northampton to recover, and has been staying there for the last nine months.

Now she’s now back in Royston, her home for 27 years, and wants to reach out to people who know her.

She said: “It’s good being back. I’m tired at the moment. I can’t walk very far, my legs have been quite weak. I’m still not 100 per cent, but I’m getting there.

“It’s been a bit of a hectic time. I haven’t really seen anyone since I got back. Some people I think recognise me and look like they’ve seen a ghost because I’ve been away so long.

“Somebody said: ‘Hi, how are you?’ when I was out the other day, but I can’t remember who, I’ve suffered a bit of memory loss.

“I’d also like to reach out to anybody who helped find me when I fell. I’d like to say thank you.”

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