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Firefighter vows to give red card to paralysis with neuro physio

A firefighter, left paralysed in only a few hours due to a rare condition, is vowing that his willpower and neurological physio will get him back on his feet.

Chris Wardman, from East Yorkshire, was refereeing a football game when he fell to the ground suffering intense chest pains. Just three hours later, his legs and chest were paralysed.

Describing the moment he first felt the pain, Mr Wardman said:

“It felt like I was having a heart attack or a stroke. It was a really sharp pain in my chest.”

The 41-year-old father of three was diagnosed with transverse myelitis – a rare condition which causes the spinal cord to become inflamed.

The condition is caused by the immune system erroneously attacking healthy tissue, and affects about 300 people in the UK each year.

With intense specialist physiotherapy however, 30% of suffers make a good recovery, and the firefighter of 10 years is determined to walk again, saying:

“I’ve heard around a third of sufferers will make a full recovery. I am going to be in that third.”

He is determined that he will not spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, saying that he will put as much hard work in as necessary for his family’s sake.

Presently, Wardman only gets to see his kids for a few hours each week. However, he is eager to get home so he can spend quality time with them during his recovery.

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