Video: Kate Allatt explains how she fought back from a stroke and locked-in syndrome

Patient campaigner Kate Allatt told the RCGP conference about her experience of having a stroke in 2010 and subsequently suffering from locked-in syndrome.

Kate Allatt
Kate Allatt

She said that locked-in syndrome was 'like being buried alive. You can think and feel and hear, but give no communication'.

Ms Allatt was just 39 and had three young children when she had her stroke in February 2010.

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.

Full coverage of RCGP annual conference

Photo: Pete Hill

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

GP careers: My life working as a remote GP

GP careers: My life working as a remote GP

Dr Patrice Baptiste explains a typical day in her role as a remote GP and the advantages...

Average GP practice could face £15,000 hit from national insurance hike

Average GP practice could face £15,000 hit from national insurance hike

An average GP practice could face a financial hit of around £15,000 from the national...

Practices could follow suit as hospitals relax infection control over care backlog

Practices could follow suit as hospitals relax infection control over care backlog

Health secretary Sajid Javid has backed a significant relaxation of infection control...

BMA demands priority access for key workers as fuel shortage threatens NHS care

BMA demands priority access for key workers as fuel shortage threatens NHS care

Healthcare workers must be offered priority access to fuel to guarantee that vital...

GPs unable to get to work as petrol shortages hit NHS workforce

GPs unable to get to work as petrol shortages hit NHS workforce

GPs have warned that practice staff are struggling to get to work and are being forced...

Javid must offer 'clear public backing for GPs', warns BMA

Javid must offer 'clear public backing for GPs', warns BMA

The BMA has demanded 'clear public backing' for general practice from the government...