Dad-of-two left with ’15 second memory’ after suffering sudden brain haemorrhage

A dad-of-two was left with a "15 second memory" after suffering from a sudden brain haemorrhage while at home.

Chris Hyland, 38, was rushed to hospital after he collapsed at home with his girlfriend.

The dad-of-two suffered a bleed to the brain just two days before Christmas in 2019 and started to have a seizure.

Although he was previously fit and healthy, he was left with a 15 second memory as a result of the illness.

Chris had collapsed in pain and was lying face down on the floor while his partner Claire Bullot was on the phone to the ambulance service.

The dad to five-year-old daughter Grace and two-year-old son Jake, was left with almost no short-term memory.

Speaking to the ECHO, Chris' partner Claire said: “He is way off able to do any work again. He is having therapy down here still and will be for quite a long time. It’s just very hard work.

"Having to look after two children and Chris who has a memory of between 15 seconds to a day is really hard work.

“He’s got to have open brain surgery where they remove part of the skull to go into the brain and that’s going to be in January.”

Chris spent more than a year living in multiple hospitals while he received treatment, before moving to Redford Court in Toxteth where he received rehabilitative care.

At the time of Chris' brain haemorrhage, he was living in Watford with Claire. But the Chris had to move in with his parents in Woolton as part of his recovery.

With Chris left unable to work as a result of his illness and long recovery, a close friend from his time in the armed services set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for the couple.

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Chris served as a sniper in multiple tours of Afghanistan, and his friend Andrew Holcroft said: “We did our first seven month tour out in Afghanistan, protecting Camp Bastion, protecting the flight path for planes to come in and out.

"We did a lot on the emergency medical response team, just flying in with five minutes notice to move, picking up casualties.

“We’d get them on the helicopter, treat them, pack wounds, get blood into them and fly them back to Bastion and then hand them over to the hospital. Our main role on there was the protection of the helicopter when it landed. Sometimes you’d land in a firefight.”

The GoFundMe page has raised nearly £25,000, with people from all over the world donating to help Chris and his family.

A group of soldiers from the RAF have now taken it upon themselves to raise the remainder of the £25,000.

Andrew said: “It’s a testament to the [RAF] regiment the way they are looking out for their own, word of mouth and the type of lad Chris is shows what sort of lads these are.

“I don’t know these lads either and they just messaged me out the blue saying they wanted to do something to try and get Chris over my target of £25,000 and they’ve gone over that now.

"They just want to push it as far as they can, and Chris’s story has touched them. It’s brilliant and they seem like a quality bunch of people.”

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