Family support UHNM Charity after miracle recovery

Jane and Gareth Kent

A woman who suffered six cardiac arrests in six weeks has stunned doctors by making a full recovery. Jane Kent collapsed at a family party in July 2017 and had to be rushed to Royal Stoke University Hospital to be cared for in Critical Care for six weeks. The 52-year-old, who together with her husband, friends and family have been raising money for UHNM Charity, is now back at work having made a virtual full recovery.


Husband Gareth Kent said that he’d had ‘the chat’ so many times with clinicians that Jane’s recovery was a minor miracle. He said: “Jane was in an induced coma for five weeks and there were various attempts to wake her up. She’s almost back to who she was. We can’t thank the staff enough for what they have done.

“We got Jane home and we just wanted to give something back to the team that had helped her. Jane isn’t the only one we know who have been treated in Critical Care. We’re season tickets at Crewe Alexandra and we know some people who are in bands so we just put the two together and organised a charity night with an auction. So many people were so generous that night, especially the football club, their staff and the people who played in the bands.”

In total Jane and Gareth raised nearly £6,000 to support patient experience in Critical Care. The money will be used to buy equipment that will support the comfort of patients and their relatives during what can be long stays on the unit.

Dr Stephen Krueper, Consultant Intensivist, said: “Our Critical Care team is delighted to hear about Jane’s fantastic recovery. It is motivating for us to see that the very difficult and challenging time on Critical Care that Jane and Gareth went through last year when Jane’s life was hanging on a thread was worth it. We are very grateful for the generous donation to our Unit, which will be used for the benefit of other patients now.”

Jane and Gareth would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the fundraising event such a special night, including everyone at Crewe Alexandra Football club.

If you’re inspired by Jane’s story and want to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.

Every year more than one million seriously ill children and adults are cared for by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. UHNM Charity makes things better for patients, their families and the staff who care for them, by funding state of the art equipment, new facilities, innovative research and all the important extras that make care so special.