Man lost half his skull after collapsing in Tesco and went into coma

The family of a man who lost half his skull after collapsing in a Tesco store have described their relief after he came out of a coma.

Karl Hawkins, 36, was shopping with a friend on April 24 2020 in a Tesco store in Leigh, Greater Manchester, when he collapsed.

Quick-thinking staff immediately rushed to Karl’s aid and called 999 before placing a pillow under his head.

He was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital where doctors said he had suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage and was placed into a coma for eight weeks.

Karl's mother, Jackie Chadwick, admits she didn't think her son would survive the "horrifying" ordeal or even walk again, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Jackie told Manchester Evening News doctors told her to prepare "for the worst" and she din’t stop "crying for three days."

She said: "When I walked in, I saw him and I told my eldest son I didn’t think he would survive.

"I didn’t think I was going to see him walk again. It was horrifying. Doctors told us to prepare for the worst over the next couple of days.

"There was no warning whatsoever. It was horrible. I don’t think I stopped crying for three days."

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Fortunately, Karl was transferred to Trafford General Hospital and was eventually discharged at the end of August 2020.

Karl suffered a further 10 more seizures at home from November to February 2021, but the fits have now stopped and he has now begun his road to recovery.

The 36-year-old's family say he is unable to move the left side of his body properly but has recently been able to hold a knife and fork for the first time, something that is considered a major achievement.

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To aid his recovery, Karl into his mother's home and she is now his full-time carer.

A friend of Karl's, Jay Kenny, has started up a Just Giving page to help the family with funds.

He will aim to run 101 miles in 24 hours, with a planned route along Carlisle to Leigh.

Jay wrote: "I spoke to Karl and his mum and decided I could not let Karl just rot and that I wanted to help his life get that bit easier."

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