Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

brain surgery

PHOTOS: This man had his head rebuilt after surgery to remove a near fatal infection

Danny Elpick is now due to take part in a charity abseil this weekend to raise money for the King’s College Hospital in London.

A MAN WHO had to have his head rebuilt due to a fungal infection in his skull is now due to take part in a sponsored abseil to raise funds for King’s College Hospital in London this weekend.

Danny Elpick had life-saving neurosurgery removing a large part of his skull at the hospital when he was diagnosed with a ‘subdural empyema’, a serious brain condition that can be fatal in many cases.

Nine months later, surgeon Robert Bentley rebuilt the mans skull in an operation that involves inserting a specially designed titanium plate to replace the section of skull removed during the initial surgery.

Speaking today, Elpick said the team at the hospital “basically gave me my life back”. The man’s surgeon has also decided to join Elpick in the charity abseil, along with friends and family who will all abseil 100 foot down the hospital’s Golden Jubilee Wing.

All images provided by King’s College Hospital.

Read: 10 years of life-changing transplants marked by Temple Street>
Read: First person to have two-leg transplant has both limbs amputated again>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
32
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.