How one man conquered Locked-In Syndrome

“It’s hard to explain what it’s like being in a coma. A coma is a weird place, like a dream but all messed up. I remember being sat in a chair in a big open room with a needle stuck in my arm and being starved of oxygen, feeling very weak and hearing my heart beating very loudly. People were walking past and ignoring me; I felt like I was slipping away and I was so afraid.”

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Where did everyone go?

Nominated for a Pride of Australia medal

TWO years ago Peter Coghlan was told he would never move any part of his body again, except for his eyelids.

A massive brain-stem stroke in 2011 rendered him paralysed and a prisoner in his own body.

Amazingly, the 35-year-old is now walking, speaking and working full-time.

Mr Coghlan, who has been nominated for a Pride of Australia medal in the Courage category, said he simply refused to accept he would never get better.
“Walking out of there was something I intended to do from the beginning,” he said. “I just wouldn’t give up.”

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