Miracle as man, 30, whose life support was about to be switched off defies medics

A young man whose life support was about to be turned off after he had a cardiac arrest, has had a miraculous recovery.

Sean Chilvers baffled doctors by what had made him so ill as they put him in a medical induced coma.

They were convinced the 30-year-old would die and told his family they should consider switching the machines keeping him alive off.

His family, convinced he was a fighter, refused and he has since gone on to make amazing progress.

He had suffered a brain injury when he first collapsed in his room and was ‘dead’ for 30 minutes, until his mum saved him by performing CPR while being instructed over the phone by 999 operators.

Now, five months on he is defying the odds and can now talk and even make a cup of coffee – things doctors thought he might never do again.

Sean had been generally fit and healthy, with doctors discovering he had suffered kidney failure, which caused the cardiac arrest – something often seen in drug addicts, but Sean did not take drugs.

Eventually doctors discovered he had an underlying, undetected health condition with too much potassium in his blood which caused his kidneys to fail.

They had told the family they would have expected him not to have been able to walk, talk and to have collapsed continually
in the lead up to the cardiac arrest – none of which happened to Sean.

The 30-year-old’s brain damage is still being monitored and the extent of this injury is still being looked into by doctors.

His mum Michelle said: “He is our little miracle and I will make him see how much he is loved. I just want him to come home.

“He has done amazing.”

Sister Amy said: “It’s been a rollercoaster of different emotions. The amount of times we’ve nearly lost him as his immune system is low has been terrifying. It hasn’t been very nice.

“But he is still here, we just have to accept that a part of Sean has gone no matter how hard he is trying but we love him regardless.”

Sean, of Craven Street, Horninglow, is now at King’s Lodge, at the London Road Community Hospital, in Derby, for rehabilitation and he is continuing to get stronger every day.

The family is hoping once Sean is home, he will continue to recover as he will be surrounded by his friends and family.

Amy said: “We can’t say thank you enough. I don’t think Sean realises how much he is loved. We’ve read him messages that we’ve been sent but he doesn’t really understand.

“The support has been incredible and people can’t do enough for him. We really appreciate it as it’s been a massive help. When he’s home and he can see people it will make all the difference.”