British couple raises money for The MED

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A British woman says she would not be alive today without the care she received several years ago at a Mid-South hospital.

Adeline and Gary Bevan live in England, but are very familiar with the Mid-South. In September 2007, they were in Memphis for their 30th anniversary. But the trip turned into a nightmare when, while crossing Elvis Presley Boulevard to visit Graceland, Adeline got hit by a truck.

"Gary said, 'Have you got the camera?' So I looked in my bag for the camera, and I can't remember anything after that," Adeline said.

She spent 43 days at The Med - most of them unconscious. Doctors weren't sure if she would survive.

"It was the most traumatic time of my life, without any shadow of doubt," Gary said. "The intention was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, and it ended with me being in shock myself."

But Adeline said the care she received at The MED was excellent.

"I was looked after very well. In fact, they saved my life," she said.

When they returned home, and Adeline was healthy enough, the Bevan's started raising money.  Health insurance had covered Adeline's stay, but they wanted to give back.

"We had raffles, treasure hunts, car washes...you name it, we did it," Adeline said.

Their mission culminated this week, as the Bevans returned to Memphis to re-unite with the nurses and doctors who treated Adeline, and to donate the $6,000 they collected on another continent.  Adeline said it's an offering to help save the place that helped save her.

"My way of saying thank you to The MED," she said. "Because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here today."

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