After a catastrophic fall from a ladder whilst putting up fairy lights with his two children in Christmas 2017, Edward Bridger-Stille was left unable to walk again.
The classic car auctioneer was rushed to hospital for an eight–hour operation after rupturing his spleen, breaking five ribs, his collar bone, his wrist and his back in two places.
Edward spent an agonising four weeks in and out of intensive care and a further six months in a spinal rehabilitation centre following his accident. He credited the loving and unconditional support of his family for encouraging and supporting him through these unimaginable events.
On his return home, Edward’s life had changed forever.
The family’s much beloved West Sussex home wasn’t accessible for a wheelchair and he was met with the difficult, life–altering decision of whether they could continue to live there.
Edward said: “I didn’t want to lose my life or the house. We had to make it work for everybody.”
In the hopes of restoring his independence and save uprooting his family, Edward decided to install a Cibes home platform lift. It is a decision that has changed all of their lives for the better.
Edward said: “I have a relatively normal life thanks to our Cibes lift. I can go to bed, go to the bathroom and go downstairs to join my family with ease.
“The children have seen me lying in a pool of blood and now they’re seeing me recuperate and live my life again.”
Although his life has been forever altered, Edward has continued to progress in his recovery and has even returned to work in a limited capacity.
Edward also credits his relationship and volunteering work with Aerobility, a British flying charity, saying: “it’s really helped me and has injected much needed fun back into my life.”
Founded in 1993, Aerobility provides ‘experience of a lifetime’ trial flying lessons as well as further training for as many terminally ill and disabled people as possible every year.
With nearly 1,000 disabled people participating annually, Aerobility now has a fleet of five aircraft and offers, without exception, the opportunity for disabled people to fly.
Edward explained that the charity not only helps disabled people into the air but “enables them to become involved in a truly exciting and challenging hobby.”
The charity has had a huge impact on the lives of many individuals like Edward and their families.
“For some, just that amazing first flight is enough to change their outlook on disability forever. If I can fly a plane, what else can I do?” said Edward.
Edward’s inspirational story is why Cibes is passionate about creating long-lasting, high quality accessibility solutions, so that people don’t have to give up their homes and can live life as independently as possible.
“I’m extremely grateful to my Cibes Lift. It’s been a real life and lifestyle saver,” Edward explained.
“I wanted an external lift. It was the best option to not take up room in our home, but we really love the modern feel the lift adds to our slightly older house.
“The lift we have is really aesthetically pleasing with a simple minimal design and glass surround. The lift is great quality and has proved very reliable for us.”
The Cibes A5000 is a popular home choice lift, holding up to 500kg and can be installed in two to three days with fully customisable options including the ability to be adapted for outdoor installation if there is no room for a lift inside the building.
Speak to Cibes Lift UK today about accessibility in your premises. Call 0800 085 0269 or e-mail [email protected].