Sheffield man, 25, learns to walk again after three week coma and is running London marathon

A man who had to learn to walk again after being in a coma for three and a half weeks is training to run the London Marathon.

Connor Blundell, 25, from Sheffield, was on a year abroad in Valencia, Spain, studying mechanical engineering. Five weeks into his studies, Connor was out with friends when he fell four metres from a platform and landed onto his head.

Connor was unconscious and rushed to hospital where he spent three and a half weeks in a coma. When Connor became conscious he was non-verbal and unable to walk and spent nine months in rehabilitation.

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Connor was not able to leave Spain until May 2021 and continued his rehabilitation in the UK. Less than four years on, Connor is walking and talking again and taking part in the London Marathon this weekend alongside his dad, Chris, 57.

Connor, an environmental consultant, said: “I had a one in three chance of dying and a one in three chance of being in a coma forever. I am pretty gassed to be here today.

“It has been a journey, the reason I am running for Crisis and WaterAid is because I don’t question what if. Yes, it would have been lovely not to have to learn to get better again but I feel a lot of gratitude.

“I am lucky for my family’s support and beyond that to not be experiencing homelessness and to not be without clean water.”

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