Healthcare Assistant swims with sharks

November 2010

Lindsay Pearson, Healthcare Assistant at Spire Cheshire Hospital, was paralysed from the waist down after getting Guillain-Barre syndrome earlier this year. Lindsay fell ill with swine flu last Christmas and it was this that weakend her immune system and made her susceptible to Guillain-Barre, a serious disease of the nervous system that affects around 1,500 people each year and has an 80 per cent recovery rate.

In February she started suffering from painful pins and needles, she was at home cleaning at the time. Lindsay managed to get to her mobile phone where she called the emergency services.

Lindsay was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome and over the next few weeks she was given painkillers and a lumbar puncture until she gradually got feeling back in her legs and eventually made a full recovery. 

Lindsay said " It was terrible...I spent the whole time in a hospital bed fearing I would never walk again'

Lindsay was then inspired to help the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Support group and has arranged a 45 minute swim with sharks at Ellesmere Port's Blue Planet Aquarium on Saturday 11 December.

Lindsay said " I am really nervous, petrified actually, but it's all for a good cause and that is what's important.".

Lindsay has already raised £555 towards her £2000 target. Click here if you would like to sponsor Lindsay

We would like to thank Warrington Wolves who have donated a signed rugby shirt to help raise money for this worthy cause

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Blue Planet Aquarium Sharks!

One of the sharks that Lindsay will be swimming with at the Blue Planet Aquarium.

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