PARENTS' JOY AS CARL IS HOME FOR NEW YEAR
January 03, 2002
Carl Adebowale revisited his Wickford Way house to mark the occasion with parents Olga and Frank after spending half a year battling, and then recuperating from, meningitis.
A potentially fatal form of the disease struck down the brave 22-year-old in July, resulting in the amputation of his four limbs.
Carl's courageous struggle to regain independence touched the hearts of the district's residents and his bravery was rewarded by the trip home.
Dad Frank told how Carl had also been home for three nights at Christmas, saying it was the success of this stay that made the New Year trip possible.
He said: "Carl came home on Christmas Eve, at 2pm and then went back to hospital on Thursday at the same time.
"It was because this trip went so well that he was allowed home for New Year as well.
"It was a fantastic boost for his moral and he was on a real high as a result.
"We had a family game of Trivial Pursuit and even managed to play chess with me moving his pieces.
"We watched loads of television and he had a little drink for the first time in ages.
"It was fairly unspectacular, but it's the little things that count.
"His mates came round and had a beer together which was great. It was just nice for him to be in a normal environment with his family and friends."
The Adebowale family launched a huge fundraising drive in August in a bid to raise enough money to ensure their son has a future he can look forward to.
Thousands of pounds are needed to help pay for things such as adaptations to the family home and sophisticated robotic limbs, which will improve Carl's quality of life.
A total of £65,000 has already been banked and many events are planned for this year.
Anyone interested in organising a fundraising event in support of Carl should log onto www.carlswebpage.net or email Mr Adebowale at email@example.com.
Carl is now back at Battle Hospital rehabilitation unit, where Frank says the nurses are "taking great care of him".
He is currently undergoing skin grafts — a process by which skin is removed from healthy parts of Carl's body to repair wounded areas.
Mr Adebowale added: "The skin grafts are taking ages but we are getting there slowly and Carl is making gradual progress.
"Thankyou to all the nurses who are caring for Carl and thank you to Times readers for their ongoing support with fundraising."
A collection for the Carl Adebowale Fund was held at the Boxing Day match between Wokingham Town and Bracknell Town, played at Stag Meadow.