Potters Bar woman's marathon efforts to help others

PUBLISHED: 13:54 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 24 May 2017

Lucy Thurlow, of Potters Bar, completes her Lucy Marathon. Picture: Supplied

Lucy Thurlow, of Potters Bar, completes her Lucy Marathon. Picture: Supplied

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A Potters Bar woman who suffered a brain injury that left her blind and unable to walk has finished a charity marathon that she created herself.

Lucy Thurlow, of Potters Bar, completes Lucy Marathon.Lucy Thurlow, of Potters Bar, completes Lucy Marathon.

Lucy Thurlow, 44, completed her very own ‘Lucy Marathon’ after walking 2.6 miles in total, 576 metres each day from May 2 to May 12.

Lucy finished her walk during Action for Brain Injury Week.

On February 1, 2011, the former Stormont School pupil suffered a series of epileptic seizures and was admitted to hospital where she was monitored before being discharged.

However, the problem was not an isolated incident, and a further series of seizures a month later deprived Lucy’s brain of oxygen, leaving her blind and with a life changing anoxic brain injury.

Lucy Thurlow, of Potters Bar, completes Lucy Marathon.Lucy Thurlow, of Potters Bar, completes Lucy Marathon.

The former businesswoman, who had been running her own catering business before her seizures, spent a total of five months receiving specialist care at the Royal Free Hospital, in London.

The brain injury left Lucy, who now lives in a care home, blind and unable to walk, swallow or communicate and needing 24-hour one-to-one care.

Lucy defied her condition by organising her own version of the London marathon to give hope to others who have been left severely disabled by brain injury.

Lucy has raised £685 for Headway Hertfordshire, a charity that supports brain injury survivors and their families, by completing her marathon.

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