THE stories of how three Sheffield women turned around their lives through courage and determination were highlighted at a national ceremony last night (Tuesday).
Georgia Hall and Christina Trindade survived traumatic childhoods to become successful businesswomen and Kate Allatt is making a remarkable recovery from a stroke that left her paralysed.
All three were finalists in the Extraordinary Women Awards held in Nottingham.
Last year’s competition was won by Nikki Sharpe, from Sheffield, who overcame major personal obstacles to build a career as a solicitor and to work tirelessly to inspire young people.
It is the fourth event by a not-for-profit organisation and proceeds will go the Women v Cancer charity.
Kate Allatt’s account of how she fought back from a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain stem in February last year has already proved an inspiration in Sheffield and further afield.
The mother-of-three was given only a 50% chance of survival.
Coming out of a coma, she was completely paralysed, suffered from ‘locked-in syndrome’ and could not even breathe for herself.
Although her brain was cognitive, she felt like she had been buried alive. Doctors told her family she would never walk or talk again.
“But they didn’t know Kate,” said award nominator Alison Stokes.
Before her stroke, Kate was juggled her roles as a housewife and mother with running her own digital marketing business. She was also a keen runner.
She learned to communicate by using blinks and pushed herself and her carers to regain her mobility and speech.
Eight months after the stroke, she was able to say ‘goodbye’ to staff and walk out of the rehabilitation unit at the Northern General Hospital.
Back home in Dore, the 40-year-old has continued to recover by following her own rehab programme of gym sessions and singing lessons.
She is currently writing a book and has launched her own charity to campaign and raise awareness of strokes in younger people.