Twist of Fate Interrupts Baking Blind World Tour

Date Posted: 03/02/2018

A few weeks ago, we shared a blog post, "Two Blind Cooks in My Kitchen," about Penny Melville-Brown, an 2017 Holman Prize winner and baker from the Baking Blind YouTube channel. Penny was in the midst of her "Baking Blind World Tour" and excited for her next destination. Unfortunately, Penny was involved in a terrible accident while in France. Now in recovery, Penny has shared this update with her followers.

Watch Penny Melville-Brown's YouTube video, A Twist of Fate Interrupts Baking Blind World Tour: A Message from Penny.

Video Transcript

It was nearly an untimely end for me and Baking Blind. In France, just before Christmas while I was scoping out more cooking opportunities, I was involved in a serious car accident. I had to be cut out of the car before being rushed to A&E—pretty close to death. Ribs and sternum were broken, but most importantly, fractured vertebrae in my neck put my spinal cord at significant risk. It took some two months in intensive care, including five weeks in an induced coma with life-support systems, before I started to surface. The breathing tubes stopped me talking, so communicating with the French medical team was a challenge for all of us and even more complicated by my total blindness—but we all got on outstandingly, and there was a great cheer for my first attempt to stand. Now I’m in a specialist rehabilitation unit in France with physiotherapy to build my strength until my neck is properly consolidated with the bones reconnected. I’m stuck in bed but cycle on a sort of horizontal pedalo and stretch muscles as hard as possible. The move has meant learning lots of new people, but they, too, are great in putting up with my shattered French and using their variety of English skills. I’m waiting for the next scan to discover if the neck has fused, and I can start to learn how to sit, stand, and walk again. So, it is all likely to take at least a month or two. Meanwhile, the videos from last year’s baking blind are all being edited, and we will start releasing them when I’m back in the UK and can finish them. So, please bear with me and be patient. There’s lots of amazing footage to come.

I’m still having some difficulties managing e-mails as my IT access is a bit limited. But perhaps you could express support by sharing this announcement, the video, and the social media stuff as widely as you can please.

—Penny Melville-Brown

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