Following his life-threatening accident and subsequent hospitalization in Romanian hospitals in a coma before being repatriated to the UK by air ambulance, it became clear to Luke that, although most people know about Romania's orphan problem, few, if any, of the 000s of visitors to that country are aware of the acute problems faced by hospitals in Romania today. Luke himself, having experienced many of these problems first-hand and grateful for the dedicated attention that may well have saved his life, decided to do something to help remedy the situation. From this was born the Medical Trust.
Together with Luke, whose recovery continues today in the UK, a group of people - GPs, doctors, consultant surgeons, professors and patients - have set up The Medical Trust (TMT) with the aim of providing neurological equipment and expertise, as well as to support rural medical care in both Romania and the UK. The immediate aims of the Trust are (i) to start a medical clinic in Romania (which could then become a parallel research and teaching venue), (ii) to continue their equipment support of existing hospitals, and in addition (iii) to work towards the re-opening of a cottage hospital in England which, like the clinic in Romania, could also look at parallel activities (such as a "Headway" Charity venue, and internet café servicing the local area, a public meeting hall etc etc).
TMT has already donated vital neurological and patient equipment to both the Bagdasar-Arseni Hospital in Bucharest and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and is currently focusing on rural medical care in both countries. Please see the projects page for more information.