Former ship officer from Preston left paralysed after contracting Covid

Posted on - 5th May, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Preston News, South Ribble News
Andrew Mears is paralysed from the waist down

A man from Bamber Bridge has opened up about being left paralysed from the waist down after contracting Covid.

Andrew Mears’ health issues first started in 2019 when he slipped on a driveway. Despite only having a small cut on his leg, this soon turned into sepsis.

He was receiving intravenous treatment for six days before contracting coronavirus and going into a coma for almost six months. A do not resuscitate order was put in place due to the serious nature of Andrew’s condition.

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Despite this happening four years ago, Andrew has never fully recovered and is now paralysed and in full time care.

He said: “My family couldn’t look after be so really it’s like a death sentence.”

He explained that he was diagnosed with FND (functional neurological disorder). FND symptoms can include paralysis, episodes that resemble seizures, extra movements such as tremor or jerks and problems with memory.

Symptoms of FND occur because there’s a problem with how the brain is sending and receiving messages to itself and other parts of the body.

There are treatments available that can manage and improve FND which include forms of rehabilitation therapy, which aims to improve your ability to carry out every day activities. 

Andrew now requires 24 hour care and said his “life is very boring and [has] seizures everyday”.

Before falling ill, Andrew used to work on the Queen Elizabeth II for 16 years as an officer before getting a job in care.

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