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Mr1Croft

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VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« on March 22, 2013, 04:18:13 PM by Mr1Croft »
The VSC are very pleased to announce that a Rovers legend, Ian Duerden, will be attending the Swindon game on Easter Monday with his wife Caroline and children Oliver and Nancy. Ian was an important part of the Rovers squad in our first few seasons in the Conference after relegation from the Football League. Amongst other things, he will be fondly remembered for a memorable hat-trick against rivals Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park, and a fine winning goal against Farnborough in the Conference Cup Final at a packed Belle Vue, as well as the now infamous ‘Get Duerden On!’ chant which could often (and sometimes still is!) be heard in the stands. Ian will be attending a Supporter Q&A session in the Belle Vue Bar before the match, so make sure you’re there!


We are also using the match to raise funds and awareness for Ian’s son, Oliver, who is in need of an adapted wheelchair. We are hoping to have a raffle and collection in the Belle Vue Bar during the Q&A session and prizes will be announced before the game. Oliver suffers from a very rare genetic condition and his story, in Ian and Caroline’s words, is told below…


“Oliver was born at 34 weeks in Doncaster (where we lived at the time) and straight away taken to the neo-natal ward for oxygen as he struggled to come to terms with life. After 48 hours, the neo-natal consultants decided to run genetic tests on Olly as he had what they described as ‘dismorphic features’, which wasn’t nice to hear at the time. It came back that he had a marker chromosome 1 duplication. This karyotype has never been seen before, anywhere in the world, and Olly is unique.


Our son was placed on a website called DECIPHER, which records all unique children and their genetic layouts. It was on this site that we found a boy in France who is 16 years old and has a very similar collection of issues to Olly.


In his first few months of life, his scoliosis (a severe curvature of the spine) was very apparent. But due to a hernia, we also discovered a heart murmur during his pre-operation examination. We were then transferred to Leeds Infirmary, for an eco of his heart by Dr. John Thompson. After an in-depth examination, we were taken into a room and told that Olly had Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy and that he was in the latter stages of heart failure (This is the condition that causes some footballers to drop dead during a match and was linked to the Fabrice Muamba incident).


Dr. Thompson prescribed beta-blockers in an attempt to slow down Olly’s heart. He said, just take him home and love him, as that was obviously the thing that was keeping him alive. A tough four weeks followed in which Olly had a few funny spells where we thought we were losing him. We returned to the hospital to see Dr. Thompson who was surprised to find that Olly’s heart had calmed down slightly and the medicine might be working.


After a few ups and downs, he was classed well enough to have his hernia operation. The risks were high under anesthetic but the surgery was necessary. At this stage (eight months) we felt a million miles away from any scoliosis intervention. After more ups and downs with eco’s, Dr. Thompson decided to prescribe Nifidapine – something angina patients take in old age along with beta-blockers. Since that day – aged one-and-a-half-years old – Olly has not looked back. He still has cardiomyopathy, but his heart is relaxed and functioning very well, with no signs of heart failure.  In 2009, we moved to Norwich to be nearer family and Olly is being seen by Dr. Derrick, a heart consultant at Great Ormond Street.


Throughout all of the above, Olly had scoliosis - a significant 100 degree curvature of his spine, very rarely seen to such an extent in a small child. He had to have several plaster casts fixed on to his body to prevent the curvature getting any worse. These castings were changed every six months and they encased him from his waist to his shoulders. Understandably, he didn’t like them! When he was three years old, it was decided that the castings were not working. His curvature was too strong and he needed surgery, sooner rather than later – especially now his heart was functioning well. The window of opportunity arrived in September 2011.


Olly had his 12-hour operation – which aged my wife and I considerably – with a huge team around him controlling everything, from his heart through to his nervous system, as his surgeons fixed two titanium rods to his spine for future growth extensions. The risks for Olly throughout such a huge operation, bearing in mind that he had not had a smooth ride in the previous three years, were very high. Yet would you believe it, he came through with flying colours, the anesthetists saying that his heart behaved completely normally for the whole 12 hours of surgery.


Olly now has a heart eco every six months through Great Ormond Street. He has his rods extended at Addenbrookes every six to eight months, to control his growth. He continues to surprise all the specialists and defeat the odds and currently is in the very fortunate position of not only being a happy little boy but also has no known imminent risks to his life. He continues to develop at his own pace, but he’s not yet talking or walking and has plenty to catch up on.


At this stage, as parents, we are now in a place that we never expected with our little boy. And although we are scarred quite a lot, we try, as best we can, to celebrate just what a brave young man he is. Oliver was an IVF baby. However, since things have settled, we found ourselves pregnant last July and he now has a beautiful little sister, Nancy.


We are hoping that telling Oliver’s story will help to celebrate what an inspiration he is: that a summer ball and golf day (my perk) will allow all of us to raise a glass to someone who really is a miracle, whilst also ensuring we can raise the funds to afford everything that Olly needs and wants over the coming years.


With very best wishes,


Ian and Caroline Duerden”


donnyallday

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #1 on March 22, 2013, 04:54:22 PM by donnyallday »
WOW, what a story, heres to Olly and his continued success of winning the odds.

God bless you son, you make mummy and daddy very proud.

Oh an Durdy, you were always better than Newal, thanks for the goals ,memories and times of entertainent/service at DRFC.

Best wishes to all.  :rtid:

NathanDRFC

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« Reply #2 on March 22, 2013, 05:03:35 PM by NathanDRFC »
A massive thanks to all the members of the VSC who have made this happen. Without people joining the VSC, this sort of work would not be possible

CJK

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #3 on March 22, 2013, 05:03:51 PM by CJK »
What a story, he will get more than a hero's welcome hopefully at the Swindon game. A very important player in stabilising Rovers when things were starting to look up again. I hope everyone makes an effort at the game and not only contributes but gives Ian Duerdon the kind of grateful reception he never got as a player when he left. 

Mr1Croft

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #4 on March 22, 2013, 07:36:11 PM by Mr1Croft »
I fully agree CJK.

His lob against Farnborough is one I will remember for a long long time to come...

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #5 on March 22, 2013, 08:02:05 PM by Belle-Vue-Ghost »
What an amazing stury that combines agony and success all in one.  Best of luck to Ian and his family.

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« Reply #6 on March 22, 2013, 08:23:53 PM by Keenstonian »
Thank you Ian. You and your family will always be part of the Rovers family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kqGEIrN2_E


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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #7 on March 22, 2013, 08:53:21 PM by Mild Rover »
No one more deserving of a tribute and anyone who has met Ian will surely agree. I hope the fans really show their appreciation as he was not only a great player for Rovers but is also a great guy as well.

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #8 on March 22, 2013, 09:08:21 PM by RobTheRover »
I'm sure he will get a fantastic reception, and richly deserved too.

Lets help raise awareness about his son's condition and get those funds raised to help out.

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #9 on March 22, 2013, 10:13:23 PM by Viking Don »
Great read that Ian, I've had a few problems with two of my kids too, but it's always nice to hear success stories against all odds. I can only wish you all more joy love and happiness, it's what it's all about xxx

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #10 on March 22, 2013, 10:26:08 PM by graingrover »
   It's great to see Ian being supported in this way . The hatrick at Nene Park was special but that goal v Farnborough was as memorable to us as Beckham's 50 yarder v Sully had been .

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #11 on March 22, 2013, 10:39:58 PM by Sandy Lane »

What a lovely and inspirational story and best wishes to Oli for continued success.  Also praise for his parents and family who are also miracle workers in their own right.  Blessings and best wishes to all.

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #12 on March 22, 2013, 10:55:24 PM by DaveOfDonny »
Brilliant story, I remember that goal, I was only a kid though, I do remember being stood at the front when it went in, I was in the pop stand and he ran over to me and a bunch of other young 'uns and hugged us all in celebration! You could see my arm on tv!

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« Reply #13 on March 22, 2013, 11:00:29 PM by BobG »
Now that has brought tears to my eyes that has. Top man. Top lad. Top everything and top everybody. Brilliant. Brilliant VSC too. Ace thing to do.

BobG

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #14 on March 23, 2013, 08:25:48 AM by adamtherover »
Is there a smiley icon that represents a grown man with tears streaming down his cheeks after reading this heart warming story of survival and courage..

Rtid.

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« Reply #15 on March 23, 2013, 08:31:13 AM by RobTheRover »

adamtherover

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« Reply #16 on March 23, 2013, 09:01:54 AM by adamtherover »
That's the boy :-)

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #17 on March 23, 2013, 10:10:58 AM by hoolahoop »
Inspirational story , we need to raise some money. Well done to the VSC

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #18 on March 23, 2013, 08:50:17 PM by silent majority »
Hopefully you'll all turn up early for this? I know its an early kick-off but we need you all in the Belle Vue Bar as well.

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #19 on March 25, 2013, 09:06:14 PM by Paul Todd »
I can't come to the Swindon game as I am away but would very much like to donate to Oliver . How do I go about this?

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Re: VSC NEWS: Ian Duerden
« Reply #20 on March 25, 2013, 09:11:24 PM by RobTheRover »
Leave that one with us, Paul.  We'll set something up for those of us who cant make it to the KMS on monday but would like to help out.

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« Reply #21 on March 26, 2013, 07:11:07 PM by DaveDRFC »
I've got a bit of an appeal to put out...

Does anyone have one of these T-Shirts that were devised by Popular Stand a while back?

http://finalthird.spreadshirt.co.uk/viva-get-duerden-on-classic-A18260190/customize/color/5

We would like to get one and have Ian sign it and use it as a prize on the day, but I forgot they actually existed until it was too late to order one in time for Monday. If anyone would be kind enough to donate one to use as a prize I will happily buy you a brand new one as a replacement.

Really pleased about the reaction to this everyone, hope to see a good turnout in the Belle Vue Bar on Monday so we can show our appreciation to Ian and raise a lot of money for a brilliant cause.

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