Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Back from Death's Door with New Road to Travel

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Back from Death's Door with New Road to Travel

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Byline: Rae wilson

TRAPPED in a seemingly lifeless body unable to talk or move, Garry Parsons resolved to prove the doctors wrong.

The 52-year-old's inspirational story began in April three years ago.

It was a Sunday morning and he was home with his wife and three daughters.

"I was a heavy smoker, coffee drinker and alcohol drinker, all the things I shouldn't have done," he said.

"I suddenly got this savage headache, the worst I'd ever had.

"I just went downhill from there. By the end of the day, I was given a 4% chance of survival.

"The doctors told my family I wouldn't live through the first night."

Mr Parsons suffered a brain haemorrhage and a medical team in an emergency room saved his life.

But he sustained neurological damage which left him unable to move or communicate.

Mr Parsons, who now lives at Sippy Downs, was fed through a tube for two years and was moved between several hospitals.

"Eventually I was at the point of going into a nursing home because I was 50 years old, or trying to get rehabilitation somewhere," he said.

"One nurse in charge of a rehabilitation facility on Brisbane's Bayside took a chance on me, even though I was over the age limit, and I just did everything perfectly.

"I'm a believer that the mind can heal a lot of things.

"I don't believe in giving up and if I believed everything they told me over the years, I'd still be in bed.

"When I got to the rehabilitation centre, I couldn't walk, talk, eat, sit in the chair. I couldn't do anything.

"The speech pathologist got me eating and talking again.

"The physiotherapist got me up into a wheelchair and walking with a frame.

"I got my eyesight back."

Until then, Mr Parsons felt trapped because he could hear and comprehend everything going on around him.

He has written a book, named Savage Impact, about his three-year journey to independence. …

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