Running Free - Breaking Out From Locked-In Syndrome by Kate AllattCan you imagine being trapped in your own body? Able to see and hear everything going on around you but unable to move or speak - the blink of an eye your only way to communicate. Super-fit young mother-of-three Kate Allatts life was torn apart when she became locked in her own body after suffering a massive stroke caused by a blood clot to her brainstem. Left totally paralysed and unable to speak, her chances of survival were 50/50 and doctors said she would never walk or talk again. She wanted to die. But her family and best friends willed her to live and with their love and support she channelled her sense of fun and fighting spirit into making a miracle recovery that amazed medical experts. Using a letter chart Kate blinked the words I will walk againA. Soon she was moving her thumb and communicating with the world via Facebook. Eight months later she said goodbye to nurses and walked out of hospital to return home and start training for her first run.
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At the age of 39, super-fit mother-of-three, Kate Allatt suffered a catastrophic brain stem stroke that left totally paralysed, except for her eyelids. Although her mind remained conscious and aware, Kate was trapped inside her body, unable to move, speak or swallow and dependent on a life support machine to keep her alive.
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Dr Kate Allatt a patient experience expert is providing the keynote presentation at the upcoming Translate in Action event on 25 April in Leeds. Register now. Kate is also pursuing strategies to improve the way emergency care clinicians spot the early signs of young stroke. She is collaborating on research to develop stroke motivation interventions and strategies to make communication the 5th vital sign in ICU. Kate delivers TEDx talks and regularly speaks at or delivers workshops. She is a prolific health influencer on Twitter kateallatt , an international media commentator and blogs for The Huffington Post. Search for: Search.
Kate continues to digitally advocate and mentor anyone from anywhere, affected by locked in syndrome from London to South Korea, Australia to Canada, Germany to Mexico etc. Most clinicians in her experience hold very pessimistic views after an early diagnosis of locked in or locked in syndrome. She voluntarily inspires and tries to EMPOWER patients to take control of their possible improvements by taking a person-centred and self-management approach to their health. Her input gives people affected by locked in syndrome the skills, knowledge and confidence to take back some control. Kate famously walked out of hospital, and ran again see videos below just 21 months after her brainstem stroke diagnosed with Locked In Syndrome.
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Each time Kate Allatt kisses her children goodnight she never forgets how lucky she is. These days, the mum of three does not take even the smallest things for granted. Kate 's life was torn a part when a sudden stroke left her paralysed from the neck down and suffering from locked-in syndrome. It meant she could hear and understand the world around her but couldn't move a muscle. The year-old was trapped inside her own body and doctors feared she would never find her way out.
Kate has pioneered successful research whilst raising hundreds of thousands of pounds and in Kate was made an Honorary Doctorate Litterarum by Sheffield Hallam University their highest award and considered beyond a PhD for her ongoing global influencing work in stroke advocacy and research since her own illness in Kate is a prolific health influencer on Twitter, an international media commentator and blogs for The Huffington Post. Confronting profound personal tragedy with such positivity moved every audience member. Listening to the triumph of hope, determination and resilience over catastrophe and despair was a profound experience for the group. Her drive, passion and determination to overcome all odds placed against her is truly inspirational and motivational, on so many levels. She gives very careful thought to her audience and their needs, tailoring what she says in a way that brings out the best in any audience. Kate is a fantastic and generous story teller and she has one of the most inspiring personal stories I have ever heard!
Patient campaigner Kate Allatt told the RCGP conference about her experience of having a stroke in and subsequently suffering from locked-in syndrome. She said that locked-in syndrome was 'like being buried alive. You can think and feel and hear, but give no communication'. She explained that after six weeks in a rehab unit she was 'written off' and, in the video below, describes how she fought her way back to fitness, defying her doctors' predictions. Previously a keen fell runner, a year after her stroke Ms Allatt took part in a short run unaided, footage of which she showed to RCGP conference delegates at the end of this video. Sign in. Register Now.