A fit and healthy bloke had a massive seizure while on a shopping trip with his wife, which left him in a baby-like state.
Craig Lonsdale, 45, from Southport, Merseyside, collapsed on the street in Dubai six months ago, moments before telling his wife he felt 'claustrophobic'.
Craig then suffered a second seizure in hospital which left him with internal bleeding and when he came round was left unable to walk, or eat, or control his bodily functions.
The resulting brain damage meant he needed 24-hour care from his wife Jacky, who had to give up her job as a manager for airline Emirates.
Craig told the Liverpool Echo: "I can't remember what happened. I just remember waking up in an ambulance on the main road.
"I remember a few things about being in hospital but my memory is really patchy. It's quite disturbing looking at photos and videos from when I was in hospital.
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"I was all over the place for about a month. I couldn't walk or talk or even hold food for two months. It would take me a long time to even eat a biscuit.
"My wife became my career. I was wearing adult diapers and I had no idea where I was. She cared for me 24 hours a day. "
Jacky, who had to give gave up her job to care for her husband described how their lives were randomly turned upside-down during a routine shopping trip.
She said: "We both had a day off and we were out running errands when it happened.
"When we were out shopping he kept saying he needed air and that he felt claustrophobic.
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"We said we'd meet each other back at the car but when I got to the car I couldn't see him. I marched off to try and find him and that's when I saw Craig lying on the floor convulsing with a crowd of people gathered around him.
"He'd vomited and bit his tongue so he was choking on his blood. I gave him CPR we went to hospital.
Since his horrendous ordeal, Craig has battled memory loss and has worked to regain his strength.
Last month Craig completed the Abu Dhabi Tough Mudder event, demonstrating the extent of his recovery and how far he has come in the space of six months.
Craig said: "I've got a passion inside me to rebuild my life.
"It's still a journey for me to be honest. I'm using running as exercise to help my recovery, it frees my mind and it helps.
"I give myself goals and targets to aim for them. That's why I do the tough mudder.
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"Exercise really helps me. I don't know how to explain it but it releases my mind. I've suffered a lot from anxiety. When I run it frees up the anxiety.
"If I can just inspire one person who's going through a tough time with a disability or who's been in an accident, I would be so happy with that."
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Craig's sister Karen Lonsdale, from Southport, helped to fund Craig's medical bills by setting up a crowdfunding page after his medical insurance stopped when he had to stop working.
She told the Echo: "It was so upsetting watching him go through that.
"I would speak to his wife every day on the phone and I would speak to him too.
"He never forgot who I was. I would ask him about his recovery."
She went on: "He's the most stubborn man I know. He's so determined. He's been called the most stubborn man in the world."
A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Craig's treatment has so far raised £8,640.
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