Darren Chesterman


Posted on September 29th, 2017

Gill, Darrens mum

Darren was born with cerebral palsy and learning difficulties but did that stop him….did it heck. For 35 years he was the big brother, the perfect son and the best uncle.

Twenty weeks ago Darren was admitted to A&E after having a few TIAs (transient ischemic attacks, often called mini-strokes). Totally out of the blue and it didn’t affect him at all. So a few days on a stroke ward and then home. That’s when he started to go down hill, dizzy spells, sickness, abdominal pains, re visits to A&E and sent home. Then a few days later after a cup of tea in bed he started being sick and it just didn’t stop. The poor lad really suffered but became unresponsive, not just the tired and worn out after being ill but unable to open his eyes or hold himself.

An ambulance was duly called and his temperature was 34 degrees yet sweating buckets. Off to A&E and straight into Resus. Darren was diagnosed with a huge infection, given fluids, potassium and broad spectrum antibiotics. That evening I was told he had had another cerebellar infarction but would be transferred to the stroke ward. Darren was now coming round and I held his hand, he kissed mine xx. In the early hours of the morning Darren was transferred to the ward, no cannula, no fluids, no medication.

A few hours later Darren went into severe sepsis and was rushed to ITU where he sadly passed away the next day.

Not a day goes by where I don’t relive those hours with my first born child and miss him so much. The family misses Darren so much, a kind gentle soul xx
Good night Darren, love you always x