Kate Allatt ‘Extraordinary Woman 2011’ winner fully recovered from Locked In Syndrome at 39 years of age with her recovery confounding health professionals. She was driven by missing her young children, self-belief, her obsession to run again and the sheer effort she put in to ‘willing’ her body back to life. Being written-off also motivated her to prove her doubters wrong! She started writing RUNNING FREE – Breaking out of locked in syndrome with a ghost writer, Alison Stokes, the day she left hospital, which later became internationally published by Accent Press in 2011 and continues to receive excellent reviews. She has since written and self-published two further books – GONNA FLY NOW(2012) and I AM STILL THE SAME(2014).
After only three and a half months of leaving hospital she also founded and voluntarily managed her global, digital patient advocacy charity – ‘Fighting Strokes’ – and has become an inspirational and motivational speaker for the cause.