A lady who wakened from mind tumour surgical procedure throughout the June 2020 lockdown has revealed she misplaced all reminiscence of the earlier seven months, together with the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

When Karen Eggleston lastly awoke in King’s Faculty Hospital, London, she was shocked discover she had a totally shaved head and requested why medical doctors had been speeding over to her with swabs and masks. 

The 50-year-old marketing consultant, initially from Westerham in Kent, had suffered a seizure at dwelling and went into cardiac arrest in June 2020, flatlining for 10 minutes.

After finishing mind scans to examine the reason for her medical episode, it was found that she had a mind tumour. 

She spent every week in a coma after medical doctors labored to take away a grade one olfactory groove meningioma – a benign progress within the cranial cavity between the forehead and nostril – which wanted surgical procedure to take away.

However when she lastly came-to, her final reminiscence was of an argument along with her then associate of 10 years throughout November 2019 – leaving her thoughts fully clean of the turmoil of the beginning of Covid, lockdowns and Britain’s winter election in 2019.

She likened her expertise to the beginning of a ‘John Wyndham science-fiction novel’, having felt like she was dropped into the center of a pandemic she ‘knew nothing about’. 

When Karen Eggleston (left) lastly awoke in King’s Faculty Hospital, London, she was shocked discover she had a totally shaved head and requested why medical doctors had been speeding over to her with swabs and masks

The 50-year-old consultant, originally from Westerham in Kent, had suffered a seizure at home and went into cardiac arrest in June 2020, flatlining for 10 minutes. She spent a week in a coma after doctors worked to remove a grade one olfactory groove meningioma - a benign growth in the cranial cavity between the brow and nose - which needed surgery to remove

The 50-year-old marketing consultant, initially from Westerham in Kent, had suffered a seizure at dwelling and went into cardiac arrest in June 2020, flatlining for 10 minutes. She spent every week in a coma after medical doctors labored to take away a grade one olfactory groove meningioma – a benign progress within the cranial cavity between the forehead and nostril – which wanted surgical procedure to take away

When Ms Eggleston awoke every week after having a craniotomy, she had no reminiscence of the seven months main as much as her collapse, together with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She stated: ‘In early November 2019 I keep in mind going to mattress not feeling very nicely after having had an argument with my then associate of 10 years and was roused by a voice saying: “Take it straightforward, you’ve got had a head trauma”.

‘To my shock it was 10 June 2020.

‘I used to be in Kings Faculty Hospital, London, and actually did not know what was happening. My eyesight had been affected and I used to be struggling to see and discovering every little thing actually complicated.

‘I had an entire reminiscence clean of the earlier seven months, no recollection in any respect.

‘It was like waking up in the beginning of a John Wyndham novel in the midst of a pandemic I knew nothing about, with everybody coming at me with swab sticks and sporting masks, and my head fully shaved having beforehand had actually lengthy hair.’

The organisational growth marketing consultant, from Westerham, Kent, additionally discovered herself fully blind in her left eye, visually impaired in her proper eye, struggling confusion and hallucinations and restrained for her personal security.

She stated: ‘Folks seek advice from life occasions as feeling like they’ve had the carpet ripped out from below them; nicely, I might misplaced the carpet, the ground and every little thing else beneath me.’

In addition to coping along with her new bodily limitations, Karen, a mum-of-one, additionally needed to take care of the fallout from the character adjustments she had skilled earlier than the invention of her tumour, together with the breakdown of her relationship.

She stated: ‘My largest heartbreak was discovering out my fiancé did not even wish to speak to me.

‘It is a shock as a result of my behaviour got here out of the blue however I’ve needed to undergo the grief of a relationship break-up in addition to every little thing else, with out figuring out what occurred.

‘The character change and the way it’s impacted my life is difficult to just accept; all I can do is say I am sorry for my behaviour throughout that point and clarify that it wasn’t me, it was my mind tumour.’

She likened her experience to the start of a 'John Wyndham science-fiction novel', having felt like she was dropped into the middle of a pandemic she 'knew nothing about'. Pictured: Ms Eggleston pictured today outside hospital

She likened her expertise to the beginning of a ‘John Wyndham science-fiction novel’, having felt like she was dropped into the center of a pandemic she ‘knew nothing about’. Pictured: Ms Eggleston pictured at present exterior hospital

Though a part of her tumour needed to be left in, it’s thought that eradicating the remainder of it lower off its blood provide and, with the three radiotherapy periods she had after, it appears to have disappeared, with the information that she was ‘all-clear’ coming simply earlier than Christmas.

Now with annual scans to remain on prime of her well being and having returned to full-time employment, Karen has turned her consideration to serving to others and is working with Mind Tumour Analysis to boost consciousness of the illness that ripped her life aside.

She stated: ‘I wish to do what I can to assist increase consciousness of mind tumours in addition to increase funds in direction of researching the illness so fewer folks should face having their lives turned the other way up, like mine.’

Mind tumours kill extra youngsters and adults below the age of 40 than some other most cancers but traditionally simply 1% of the nationwide spend on most cancers analysis has been allotted to this devastating illness.

Charlie Allsebrook, neighborhood growth supervisor for Mind Tumour Analysis, stated: ‘Karen went by means of a horrible ordeal main as much as the invention of her mind tumour and has needed to make plenty of changes since however continues to point out nice resilience and willpower. 

‘We welcome her assist and sit up for her involvement in future fundraisers as we proceed to fund important analysis into mind tumours.’