Update on Yvonne on 1st February 2019:
Yvonne has been making good progress, she has started her first steps walking with a zimmer frame and she has a speaking valve that can be fitted to her tracheotomy.
Some cognitive skills are returning and her eyesight is improving but still has a problem opening her left eye.
Good news is that today 1/2/19 Yvonne is being moved to Darenth Valley Hospital to continue her progress. We would just like to say a big thank you to everybody who has phoned or kept in touch to see how Yvonne is, and although there is a long way to go in the 7 weeks since the accident she has impressed the staff at Kings College with her rapid recovery so far. Again when we find out where Yvonne will be and if she's up for visitors we will let you know.
UPDATE: From Yvonne's Daughter Emma
Quick update on mum: Yesterday we had some big steps in the right direction. She can now communicate with us through nodding and can ‘mouth’ words at us (lip reading is a little tricky and she does get a bit frustrated at me and the girls when we can’t quite get what she is trying to say but we get there in the end), she won’t be able to talk all the time she has a tube in the neck. She is ‘asking’ lots of questions and she knows who we all are. She can move her left arm up to her head, her legs are moving and she can completely open her right eye, the left eye is only slightly opened but this is a bit of a struggle for her, unfortunately she doesn’t seem to be able to move her right arm at the moment, but the best news is that late last night she was moved to a high dependency ward and is now out of critical/intensive care.
These are all amazing steps when you think 3 weeks ago they were basically giving me and dad the option to turn the life support off!
It’s been a very tough 3 weeks but the last few days have given us even more hope that mum is on the way to recovery. They have said to us that mum will be in the hospital for a quite a few months, so we still have a long way to go.
I just want to thank you all for your, messages of love, care, thoughts and prayers it's really has meant the world to us all, once mum is up to it I will sit and read them all to her xxx
To our London Gymnastics Community,
Unfortunately, Yvonne Arnold (Europa) had a bad fall on Sunday resulting in a serious head injury.
Yvonne (Honorary Life Vice President of London Gymnastics) underwent an operation on Monday night and we won’t know the full extent of her condition until Friday when the team looking after her will try and take her out of her induced sleep.
Please respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time and as soon as we know more we will let everyone know.
Please do not bombard the family with messages.
If anyone from the gymnastics community wishes to pass on messages, please send them to myself at [email protected] and I will be happy to collect them and pass onto the family.
❤❤❤ The thoughts of London Gymnastics and the wider gymnastics community are with Yvonne and her family ❤❤❤
Chairman, London Gymnastics