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Kate Allatt, 41, is a mum of three who lives in Dore and suffered a massive brainstem stroke in Feb 2010. Kate was diagnosed with Locked-In syndrome and was told she would never walk or talk again and wired up to a life support machine for nine weeks. I suppose think of the sad story the ‘Diving Bell & Butterfly.’
At first, Kate wanted to die but then she decided to fight back and moved her thumb nine weeks after her stroke which gave her hope she would one day get back to 'normal.'
Now, she is walking talking and driving again and has proven the medical profession wrong. She is a medical and inspirational speaker and ambitious, driven woman, who has a genuine interest in anything to do with stroke recovery, neuroplasticity and positive thinking on coping with illness. She has featured in the media many times over the last 18 months. She has been interviewed on the Jeremy Vine BBC radio show and ITV's This Morning as well as the Holding Out For A Hero ITV game show.
Her new book is called 'Gonna Fly Now! locked-In laughter Unleashed' - a self-publish and sequel to her first book Running Free: Breaking Free from Locked- in syndrome, published in May 2011.
Winner Extraordinary Woman 2011 & a finalist for the Jane Tomlinson award for courage at the Yorkshire Women of Achievement awards May 2012. Now an inspirational speaker, charity campaigner... What's next?
A truly inspirational and moving biography. Gonna Fly Now! reveals the true-life story of Sheffield mum-of-three Kate Allatt who unleashes the highs and lows of life after a stroke in February 2010 at the age of 39. A case study of how an immensely positive attitude, inexhaustible determination and the support of friends and family can overcome the hugest of hurdles Click here to listen to Kate Allatt interviewed by Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5 Live.
When this book landed on the Lovereading desk it was snapped up over 4 consecutive days by 4 different people. Each reader was moved to both tears and laughter and read it virtually in a sitting. It's the story of Kate who, in her 30s having been a keen runner, had a massive stroke that as far as the doctors were concerned left her all but dead with no chance of walking, talking or swallowing again, in fact she had what is now called 'Locked-in Syndrome'. The doctors however hadn't taken into account the strength and determination of Kate. This is truly one of the most life-affirming and moving true stories I've read and is a must read and one to spread the word on to everyone you know. Who knows, at some point in the future this could be you. It will make you reassess your own life and to realise life is truly special and the human spirit will always win through if determined enough, however tough the hill is to climb. Running Free is a moving and inspirational story of survival that celebrates life, friendship and sheer bloody-mindedness.