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Undiagnosed asthma left mum-of-three in coma after she woke up unable to breathe; Rory Spence was left with a feeling of 'absolute terror' when his wife Lisa's condition worsened - now he's running the London Marathon for her.

Byline: Fred Nathan

A case of undiagnosed asthma left a mum-of-three in a coma after she woke up in the middle of the night unable to breathe.

Lisa Spence was taken seriously ill and hospitalised after complaining of coughing and breathing difficulties but nobody could work out what was wrong.

The 44-year-old's condition rapidly worsened and doctors pulled her husband Rory, 45, to one side and said: "This is really serious now, do we have your permission to put her into a coma?"

It left Rory, from Guisborough, with what he described as a feeling of "absolute terror" that their kids would grow up without their mum.

Lisa had initially thought she was suffering from the flu, but a few trips to the doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong.

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Then one day, around a year ago, things took a turn for the worse.

Rory toldTeesside Live: "I had gone to bed, she woke me up in the early hours saying she couldn't breathe,

"Her heart rate was absolutely crazy. Next thing you know she was getting rushed into resuscitation.

"I knew things were getting pretty serious then. Then they decided to move her to the high dependency unit.

"She spent the day and night in there."

As her condition worsened, Rory was given the devastating news that his wife needed to be put into a coma.

But, thankfully, after five days in the coma and a further four spent at James Cook University Hospital, Lisa has now made a full recovery.

It was concluded that she had undiagnosed asthma which was made worse by an infection.

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Rory added: "Without the team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and other support staff, she simply would not be here.

"The NHS does get some stick at times, blame the government not the employees. They are simply professionals, and go above and beyond their call of duty.

"I'd like to make more people aware of how asthma can easily reduce a fit and healthy person to be very seriously ill. I'd also like to raise awareness of the fantastic work the employees of the NHS do."

To thank staff at the hospital and also raise funds for Asthma UK, Mr Spence, a production manager, is set to battle through the pain caused byarthritisin his hips and run the London Marathon later this month.

The funds will be shared equally between the charity and James Cook Hospital, you can find out more on hisfundraising page.

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Lisa Spence spent five days in a coma after a case of undiagnosed asthma

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Doctors initially couldn't determine what the problem was - but now she has battled back to make a full recovery

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Lisa and her family (L-R) Dan (Lisa's son), Neeve (daughter), Theo (grandson), Charlotte (Dan's girlfriend), Hayden (son), Rory Spence and Lisa Spence. Rory is running the London Marathon this year

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2019
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