Man paralysed from the neck down and left in coma for ten days after eating undercooked chicken in a London restaurant

A 39-year-old IT employee, Richard Jackson, of Portslade, Brighton was left paralysed from the neck down and left in a state of comatose after being served under-cooked chicken in a restaurant in London.


Jackson who spent a lot of time in totally different London eating places in December final 12 months, cannot actually bear in mind the restaurant he received meals poisoned in, however remembers he started feeling ailing and was admitted to hospital after eating an beneath cooked chicken meals.


Over the subsequent 48 hours after he was admitted, he misplaced the potential to swallow and began loosing immobility in his limbs.


Medical doctors found his immune system had attacked his spinal wire, leaving him paralysed from the neck down, a extreme situation often known as Transverse Myelitis.



Man paralysed from the neck down and left in coma for ten days after eating undercooked chicken in a London restaurant


‘I developed delicate meals poisoning from under-cooked chicken which triggered a extreme uncommon auto-immune situation leaving me paralysed,’ he mentioned to Each day Mail UK.

‘I used to be admitted to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester as I began having issues having the ability to stroll.

‘I shortly deteriorated and inside 24 hours I used to be unable to make use of my arms and even swallow. I used to be delirious and drifting in and out of consciousness.

‘At this level the docs didn’t know what was occurring however they knew they needed to do one thing shortly.

‘I used to be moved to intensive care, positioned on a ventilator and successfully switched off in a coma for ten days to present myself the finest probabilities of survival and give docs the time to work out what was occurring.’

‘I used to be given 24-hour nursing care, a non-public room, each day physiotherapy, occupational remedy and speech remedy,’ he mentioned.


Mr Jackson began restoration after attending rehabilitation periods at Donald Wilson Home in Chichester, and then he slowly regained some motion in his arms and toes earlier than he was step by step taken off helping remedies together with a ventilator and feeding tubes.

‘Every mealtime I used to be winched into a wheelchair and taken to a communal room for meals and to fulfill the different individuals there.

‘Physio began instantly. I might solely handle a couple of minutes at first however with all the consideration I confirmed sturdy indicators of restoration.

‘In just below two months they taught me to take a seat, eat, communicate clearly, switch to wheelchairs on my own, stand brushing my tooth, get into vehicles from a wheelchair and best of all, to have the ability to stroll once more.’



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