“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.”
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.”