A Stratford marathon runner survived a head-on collision that left him heartbroken due to tonsillitis.
Alan Day, 30, was an avid runner and apparently fit and healthy when he had a throat infection.
This led to rapid heart failure and Allen needed life-saving treatment to help his heart pump blood around his body.
He was admitted to the hospital by accident when he lost consciousness and hit himself on the head.
Alan says he considers himself lucky when he was admitted, otherwise his heart failure would not have gone unnoticed until it was too late.
He is now thanking the medical teams of both Manchester Royal Infirmary and Whitten Shea Hospital, whose quick thinking saved their lives by raising funds for the hospitals’ charity Manchester Foundation Trust.
He has decided to share his story for the first time and has raised funds for the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity as part of the organization’s new BA Good Sports campaign that encourages fans to donate to their favorite Manchester hospitals. Sign up for Sports Challenges to raise funds.
Allen, who runs the Virtual London Marathon for charity, said: “I can’t thank the hospital staff for everything.
“I thought I was just checking out for a head cut, but I’m so thankful they took the time to look after me properly.
“When they checked me, they realized I had something serious in my heart.
“I feel very lucky that things turned out the way they did. I could have had very different results, but it’s weird to think about it.
Alan, who lives in Stratford, Manchester with his girlfriend Easter Jimenez, ran away in May 2017 when he began to feel a little under the weather.
Since it was a hot day, it put him on a bit of a dehydration and didn’t cope very well with the heat. When he still felt sick at work, it made him feel down again.
Allen, who works as a civil engineer, said: “I barely slept that night, I felt worse in the morning, so I was sick the next day.
“My throat was hurting a lot and all day without any improvement or rest we went to the walk-in clinic at Manchester Royal Infirmary and they diagnosed tonsillitis.
“They gave me a prescription for antibiotics and went for a walk the next morning to pick them up, hoping it would clear up overnight.
Then he got up in the afternoon to go to the bathroom, lost consciousness and hit his head on the way down.
“When I walked around, my first thought was that I would fall asleep on the floor of the hallway, even though it didn’t make sense.
“My girlfriend turned to the ambulance service on the phone and I realized something was wrong.
“I was bleeding from my head so they wanted to take me to the hospital for a check-up.
“I was really out of it at Manchester Royal Infirmary, but I still thought I had a fever from tonsillitis infection and two days of sleep deprivation.
“They told me the good news was that my beheading was too small, but the bad news was that there was something wrong with my heart and I would not leave the hospital for a while.
“They told me I was lucky to have a head injury and when I got to the hospital, otherwise it wouldn’t have been seen until it was too late,” he said.
“It’s something I will never doubt in my age and good health, but they gave me a complete check to make sure.
“I was quite dizzy at the time and out of it, but it started to sink in that the infection was doing more than my body was doing as I had previously thought.”
Tests and scans show that a viral infection has reached Allen’s heart, greatly reducing his ability to pump blood around his body.
The doctors explained that he was performing well in his normal capacity and would need to have a pump inserted into his chest to give his heart some support as it was starting to fail.
Decreased pumping capacity means that the body is trying to lose fluid from vessels wherever possible, such as in the lungs, which causes them to fill up and drastically reduce capacity.
Because of this, the level of oxygen in the blood was greatly reduced.
Allen explained, “I was on a lot of medications to increase my heart’s pumping capacity and get rid of excess fluid.
“They put a pump to help my heart. It went into the upper part of my leg and they tricked it into me through an artery so that it would be with my heart.”
Once you get into it, you don’t have to move or sit on the bed, so go to bed the next week with very limited movement.
“I remember being in shock. A lot of doctors were telling me things – I would try to understand as much as possible but in my state I just wanted to go with it.
I had full confidence in their skills and the nurses were excellent at translating more complex terms.
After spending a night at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Allen was transferred to the critical care unit at Whiten Shey Hospital, where he remained with the pump until his heart began to heal.
About a week later, he was transferred from the critical care unit to the acute ward.
“It was safe to take the pump out a few days later because my heart’s pumping capacity was so high that it could do anything on its own,” Allen said.
“I was still on a lot of noradrenaline and other drugs and I was getting a lot of tubes coming out.
“I remember it was a slow recovery process and one by one the tubes and wires around me were slowly removed. That’s how I measured the improvement.”
Allen remained in the hospital for a total of two and a half weeks, but remained an outpatient to attend regular check-ups and follow-up meetings. It was finally signed into hospital care in September 2020.
Since then, Allen has been determined to regain his running ability, which is why he wanted to be part of Be A Good Sport and raise money for the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity.
He re-organized his race for a park run and a regular run in the local area. His virtual London Marathon will still be the London Marathon on Sunday, October 3, but his route will take him from Manchester to his parents’ house near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Allen said: “I actually chose a beautiful mountain trail, but I will just keep in mind that at the end of it is my mother’s house meal. I will have some friends with me who are different on the trail. Running with me for legs to help me get excited.
“If it was flat, I would have targeted it for four hours.
“But since it is very mountainous, I would be happy to complete it in five hours.
“I’ll be happy until I finish.”
Wave Williamson, senior event manager at the Manchester Foundation Trust, said Allen’s marathon would be a great way to mark a year of hospital care.
He added: “Allen will have such a great sense of accomplishment when he crosses this last line. The 26.2 miles overall is no easy feat, especially when he is doing it without the help of the crowd. Is.
“We are afraid of the challenge.
“One of our best sports campaigns is about being active and doing amazing things for your favorite Greater Manchester hospitals to improve our work to improve patient experiences and to provide treatment, research and care. But you don’t have to run a marathon.
We have plenty of activities to meet all the potential and free charity venues at popular events such as the Virgin London Marathon, the Great North Run and the Great Manchester Run.
“You can find more information on our website. www.mftcharity.org.uk Or search for ‘MFT Charity’ on social media. Come and join in the fun and be a great game!
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