A previously fit and healthy husband had to learn to eat and walk again after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife. 

Craig Lonsdale, 45, originally from Southport, was shopping with his wife Jacky six months ago in Dubai when he fell to the ground convulsing in the middle of the street.

He suffered a second seizure while in hospital that was so severe he needed to be sedated and suffered internal bleeding.

Craig was left in a wheelchair needing 24-hour care from his wife Jacky. 

Doctors told his family that the seizures had damaged his cerebellum, the part of the brain that regulates motor control including the body's movements and reflexes.

He said: "I can't remember what happened. I just remember waking up in an ambulance on the main road.

Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai
Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai

"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.

"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 gave up her job as an on-board manager for Emirates to care for her husband after he was discharged from hospital.

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.

"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.

Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai
Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai

"He had another seizure in hospital. After that he had to be restrained and sedated. We spent three weeks like this in hospital.

Jacky said after three weeks the doctors said there was nothing more they could do for Craig medically.

"I pushed him out of the hospital doors in a wheelchair and they gave me some adult diapers for him," she said.

 

"He couldn't feed himself, go to the toilet or bathe himself. I could tell that he was very frustrated that I had to help him with everything. Craig's very stubborn and independent so he would get irritated when I had to help him.

"But he progressed day by day. When I got him home it took about a month for him to become independent again. He has pushed himself beyond what was expected in his recovery.

"He has some lasting memory loss from the seizures, mainly short term memory loss.

Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai
Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai

"He often eats and then ten minutes later will ask if he's had dinner because he has forgotten. We often spend time together where we recap the day."

Since his horrendous ordeal, Craig has battled to regain his strength and fitness through exercise.

Craig has long been interested in keeping active and competed in the the first Tough Mudder race in the UK with his best friend in 2013.

 

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.

Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai
Craig Lonsdale, 45, was left unable to walk, talk, or eat after he suffered a seizure while out shopping with his wife in Dubai

"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."

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 left his job.

She told the ECHO: "It was so upsetting watching him go through that.

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"I would speak to his wife everyday on the phone and I would speak to him too.

"He never forgot who I was. I would ask him about his recovery.

"He's the most stubborn man I know. He's so determined. He's been called the most stubborn man in the world."

A link to the Craig's gofundme page can be found here.