A MUM has completed an 81-mile fundraising walk to Clydebank to raise money for the Golden Jubilee Hospital to thank staff for saving the life of her son.

Alyson Rice, who hopes to raise £3,000 for the Clydebank hospital, set out on her “Jubilee Jaunt” from Ninewells Hospital in Dundee last month and covered 20 miles a day before arriving in the town a few days later.

When Cody, 19, was diagnosed with bloodstream infection septicaemia, Alyson and husband Rod were told to prepare for the worst.

His condition developed into endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart, so Cody was transferred from Ninewells to the Golden Jubilee, where he underwent open heart surgery.

Cody also received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which provides cardiac and respiratory support.

Alyson said: “It is due to the care and dedication of an amazing medical team at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s ICU that Cody is still here today.

“Many of his doctors consider him a miracle and, had he not made it to Clydebank, he most certainly would have died.

“The staff in the Intensive Care Unit do the most amazing jobs. Not only did they look after Cody but also myself and my husband Rod.

“My Jubilee Jaunt was just a thank-you to the staff at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital for caring for Cody.

“The whole team went above and beyond to make sure Cody had the best chance of survival. Myself and my husband will forever be grateful.”

The Perthshire mum’s east-to-west walk represented the journey Cody took, as well as raising money for the team at the Golden Jubilee and also awareness of the life-threatening condition.

Anne Marie Cavanagh, nurse director at the Golden Jubilee, said: “Our amazing medical and nursing staff do a first-class job, with our critical care teams looking after patients at the worst point in their lives.

“We’re delighted to hear Cody is on the road to recovery and we wish him all the very best.

“We are extremely grateful to Alyson and her supporters for raising such a fantastic sum of money and congratulate her on completing her Jubilee Jaunt.”