Teacher who suffered brain injury thanking hospital that saved him with Great North Run

Sean Dolan is running in the Great North Run to raise funds for James Cook Hospital.
Sean Dolan is running in the Great North Run to raise funds for James Cook Hospital.
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A teacher who fought his way back to health after suffering a traumatic brain injury is taking on the Great North Run to thank the hospital that saved his life.

Sean Dolan, 27, was playing five-a-side football in October 2013 when an accident changed his life.

Sean Dolan after an operation to save his life.

Sean Dolan after an operation to save his life.

The primary school teacher, from Billingham, said: “During the game I fell over and into the wall and the impact knocked me out and I fell straight to the floor.

“I fractured my skull and had a bleed and swelling on my brain.”

Sean was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where the bleed on his brain caused him to suffer seizures.

Doctors had to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain and put him into an induced coma for five days.

Sean Dolan in James Cook Hospital.

Sean Dolan in James Cook Hospital.

Sean said: “After five days they started to slowly bring me out of the coma and I had no memories of what had happened. I didn’t know where I was.

“My parents were told of the worst possible scenario. Doctors told them to prepare for the worst and that I may wake up from the coma a totally different person.

“They also said that I could have lost the feeling down one side of my body because of the injury to me brain.”

Since coming out of the coma, Sean has battled back to health through physical and cognitive rehabilitation.

Sean Dolan is running in the Great North Run to raise funds for James Cook Hospital.

Sean Dolan is running in the Great North Run to raise funds for James Cook Hospital.

Now he’s taking on the 13.1-mile course on Sunday, September 11 to raise cash for the hospital’s neurology department.

He said: “This is the third thing I’ve done to raise money for the hospital. I’ve raised £8,500 so far and what to reach the £10,000 mark. They saved my life and I want to help them be there to save someone else’s.”

To sponsor Sean, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DolanGNR16.