Saturday, 01 December 2018
Archie Allan, a 73-year-old resident at Silverline Care’s Spiers Home in Beith - dubbed the ‘Miracle Man’ by staff and residents - is on the verge of completing an incredible recovery by leaving the care facility and moving into his own home within a sheltered housing complex.
In January 2014, Archie was admitted to Crosshouse Hospital, having lost control of his immune system and with serious mental health issues. In December 2015, after doctors gave him very little hope of returning to any degree of normal life, he was transferred to Spiers Care Home. When Archie arrived at Spiers, he couldn’t walk, sit, speak or feed himself, so he was PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) fed and was cared for 24 hours a day, seven days a week by staff.
However, nearly three years to the date after Archie arrived at Spiers, he’s amazed staff and residents alike by recovering so well that he’s now set to leave the care home and move into his own home within sheltered accommodation on Monday 26th November.
Archie said: “When I arrived at Spiers, I felt my life hanging by a thread, I really didn’t think I would be alive in a year’s time - but now I’m about to move into my new home and start a brand new chapter in my life.
“The staff and residents here have all played a huge part in my recovery, the staff have devoted their time, care and love to me from the moment I arrived and they gave me the encouragement to see the light and have the energy to start my journey to recovery.”
Alison Masoumi-Ravandi, care home manager at Spiers, couldn’t be prouder of what Archie’s achieved since his arrival. She said: “Our very own Miracle Man has worked so hard to get to where he is now, including going through speech therapy, and his transformation has been nothing short of exceptional. We will be sad to see him leave, as his positivity is infectious and he’s a joy to be around. All of our staff and residents love having him here and hope he continues his fantastic progress when he moves into sheltered accommodation.”
Archie won’t be leaving Spiers for good though - he’s been the regular Father Christmas at the home for the past couple of years and he’ll be back in December to keep up the tradition.
Archie said: “They can’t get rid of me that easily! I’ll be back for the Christmas celebrations and to see the wonderful staff at the home who have now become my good friends. I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me, I’ve learnt so much about myself over the past three years and the way I’ve been looked after really goes to show what a special team they have at Spiers - us residents are so lucky to have them!”
When asked what advice he would give to anyone in his position, the miracle man simply replied:
“Like me, you don’t have to conquer the full staircase, just take one step at a time.”