‘Locked-in Syndrome’: How a Brisbane man miraculously recovered from a terrible condition

Mark Adams was once an avid fisherman who enjoyed being in the great outdoors.

But a simple fall left him with a rare condition that trapped him in a “hell” within his own paralyzed body, still painfully aware of what was happening around him.

The only thing he could move were his eyes – the only way to communicate with those around him.

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Two years ago, Adams was diagnosed with a horrific condition called “locked-in syndrome” and has now shared his inspirational story of recovery to shine a spotlight on the incredible work the medical staff did, who never gave up on him.

“It felt like I was burning in hell,” he told 7NEWS, “every part of my body was in excruciating pain.”

According to the Brain Foundation, locked-in syndrome is a rare condition that usually occurs as a result of “a lesion in a region of the brainstem called the pons.”

This damage causes a disruption in the motor fibers that run from the brain to the spinal cord, which in turn affects the body’s muscles and parts of the brain used for breathing, swallowing and speaking.

A fall two years ago left Mark suffering from locked-in syndrome. Recognition: 7NEWS

Despite this, victim consciousness is still present, meaning patients suffering from the syndrome are still aware of what is happening around them.

Half of all patients with the syndrome will recover to the point where they can move their hand or head, often using them to control a wheelchair or communicate via a computer.

However, many will still need help when it comes to mundane tasks like eating.

With the help of the Redcliffe Hospital team, Mark was slowly relearning the basics.

Eventually he spoke again and even played chess – successes he says were part of his “rebirth”.

“Best feeling ever…I can’t explain it.”

To thank the people who have stood by him throughout, Mark is now calling on the community to help raise funds for the hospital.

Mark said he couldn’t thank the staff at Redcliffe Hospital for everything they did to help him. Recognition: 7NEWS
Mark has miraculously recovered, relearning to speak and even playing chess. Recognition: 7NEWS

Any donations raised will be matched by local businesses, with the hospital aiming to raise $150,000 so it can continue to help people like Mark.

“We have involved all staff and the local community, there will be plenty of activity on the hospital site itself,” said Simone Garske, Executive Director of the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation.

For Mark, he cannot thank the staff enough for what they have done.

“If I’ve ever had to fight for anything…this is it.”

To donate to Redcliffe Hospital’s appeal go here.

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