HG Hero - Al Johnson
Rachel Johnson from South East London has nominated her husband to be recognised as an HG Hero. They have been together for nearly six years after meeting through work in France and got married two and a half years ago. Al has supported Rachel through two hyperemesis pregnancies, never wavering in his support or questioning her random requests for frozen peach squash or skull crush candy.
Al has recently survived their second round of hyperemesis which consisted of eight months of washing out buckets and bins, and glasses and bowls. Seven and a half months months of him helping Rachel in and out of the shower, administering clexane injections to prevent deep vein thrombosis and helping with everything around the house. Al advocated for Rachel and fought for her rights, obtaining additional medication which a consultant prescribed yet the GP refused to give. For two and a half months Rachel was on crutches and Al was there, comforting her when she was in so much pain she couldn't function. He then went on to be a hero in labour, delivering their son's head alone when he couldn't find a healthcare professional in the hospital before help eventually arrived.
Their son is now nine weeks old and adored by his 4 year old sister. Rachel says “Al is my hero, my strength and an amazing dad too.”
YAY for Al, and all the partners like him!