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Teenager rebuilding his life after brain bleed

A teenager from Chesterfield is starting to rebuild his life after a potentially fatal burst blood vessel in his brain. Kai Thomas, who's 15, has had to learn to walk and talk again after collapsing with a severe headache back in June. His family were warned he may not survive as James Webster reports:

Teenager's mother describes gratitude to doctors

The mother of a teenager from Chesterfield who is recovering from a burst blood vessel in his brain says she will always be grateful to the doctors at Sheffield Children's Hospital for saving him. Tracey Thomas has been describing how she was initially warned that he son Kai might not survive:

Photos show teenager's recovery in hospital

Kai Thomas in hospital Credit: Family photo

Kai Thomas' family documented his stay in hospital by taking photographs as he recovered from his near-fatal brain bleed. Doctors at Sheffied Children's Hospital had to operate on a burst blood vessel in his head.The photograph below shows Kai shortly after being brought out of his medically induced-coma:

Kai Thomas after waking from his coma Credit: Family photo

He had developed a blood clot inside his brain and the operation to remove it took six hours. After the procedure he was not able to communicate and would sometimes lash out in frustration.

Kai Thomas in hospital Credit: Family photo


Teenager recovering from life-threatening brain bleed

Kai Thomas, 15, recovering from his near-fatal brain bleed Credit: ITV News Calendar

A teenager from Chesterfield is recovering from a life-threatening brain bleed. Kai Thomas, 15, had to be put into a medically-induced coma for treatment at Sheffield Children's Hospital after a blood vessel in his brain burst in June. Four months on, he has had to learn to walk and speak again.

Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

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