Patient Story – Recharged: How My Life Was Enriched by Adversity

Lin Woolmington, a supporter of Saving Faces, has published a book of an inspiring account of coping with depression and from experiencing traumatic injuries. Through her book she hopes to support people who have gone through a similar experience.

Lin was treated by Saving Faces’ Trustee, Mr Simon Holmes, who is a Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon based at The Royal London Hospital.

She has been an inspiration to many and an example of ultimate strength and determination.

Excerpt from the blurb of “Recharged: How My Life Was Enriched by Adversity”

My story begins with my amazing conception against all the odds. I have an idyllic childhood in post WW2 Britain and grow up in a lovely Surrey village. I enjoy my school days, complete a secretarial course at college and find myself a good job in London. I become a teenage bride in the swinging sixties! My daughter is born in 1971 and life is good for over 44 years. In 2008 I am diagnosed with clinical depression that becomes increasingly severe while I wait for counselling, culminating in an attempt to take my life. I have absolutely no recollection of events but discover I was rescued from the train tracks by the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. I survive with severe electrical burn injuries to my skull and side of my face resulting in the loss of an eye and ear. My left arm has to be amputated in order to save my life. I spend five months in the Royal London Hospital where the trauma team exercise their expertise to save my life and the amazing care of the medical staff aids my recovery. I am delighted to discover that I have a life completely free of pain, worry or anxiety: I not only survived I am cured!”

Lin’s book is now available on Amazon via the following link –