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Brighton Marathon 2019 - Carly Brown

25th March 2019

Carly Brown is taking part in the Brighton Marathon this April as a way of showing her appreciation for the lifesaving treatment she received at St George’s Hospital.

In 2013, Carly was admitted into A&E after being involved in a car accident, resulting in multiple serious injuries including a broken neck, a blood clot behind her left eye and fractures to her jaw and cheek.  After undergoing a craniotomy (a procedure that temporarily removes part of your skull to expose the brain) Carly was in hospital for 10 days to monitor her progress following the operation.  While an extremely stressful experience Carly had nothing but praise for the staff who looked after her:


“The nurses and doctors who looked after me were fantastic, it was all a bit of a daze for me but I felt safe and cared for.”


She was released with instructions to rest at home in a neck brace for 8-10 weeks. Unfortunately on her return the scans showed that her neck hadn’t fully healed properly so the bones would need to be fused together. This was a scary prospect, however Professor Papadopalous, a consultant neurosurgen, put her at ease and after 3 more days in hospital Carly was on her way to a speedy recovery.

Carly was inspired to run in the Brighton Marathon after watching her friend complete the challenge last year. Completing a marathon became a personal goal of Carly’s to tick off her bucket list before 30!

To prepare for the marathon Carly’s training consists of a mixture of outdoor and treadmill runs, as well as intense HIIT sessions to build up stamina. She has recently taken part in a half marathon at Victoria Park to give her insight on what it is like to run in an event.  With the event nearing she is most looking forward to:


“The adrenaline of race day that comes from being surrounded by thousands of people who are all running for their own reasons and feeling part of something great and raising money for something special!”


The money Carly has raised will make a huge different for neuro patients being treated here at St George’s Hospital. It will allow us to secure items that are ‘over and above’ what the NHS can provide, such as a MEP machine for neurosurgery - used to monitor the spinal cord and nerve roots throughout every stage of surgery.  

If you want to support Carly on her fundraising journey you can donate on her Virgin Money Giving page here:



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