You know the type - the type mums tell their sons not to play with and dads tell their daughters not to date.....or at least, in Pete's case, they would have done had it not been for 'AvaChat' Coghlan's engaging charm and genuinely good heart.
This angelic boy was soon to become a typical teen, wilder than most with a taste for 'magic mushrooms' and a habit of setting things on fire. (If you read the first chapter of his book you'll find out what I mean!)*
|Pete served in Northern Ireland after joining the army|
For several years, Pete worked hard, played hard, had loads of laughs, gained Australian citizenship and managed to satisfy his arsonist tendencies with plenty of barbies.
Then, out of the blue, tragedy struck with a blow to the back of his head while laying drains on a build. Next news, he was being rushed to A&E with a massive brain stem stroke which left him paralysed. Totally paralysed - except for some movement in his eyes. At just 32, he faced a grim future.
|Totally paralysed after his locked-in stroke, Pete needed sandbags to hold down his arms|
But Peter fought back. Having survived bullying, mobs, cancer and years of hard work, he was determined, not only to survive, but to regain everything LIS had robbed from him.
Six months and one day after being admitted to hospital, he walked out of Shenton Rehabilitation Unit, albeit shakily, and began his long, exhausting journey back to life.
|After 6 months, Peter could walk but only shakily|
|Triumphant after completing Pdrth's City to Surf marathon|
*"In the Blink of an Eye" by Peter Coghlan is available from Amazon
|You can follow Pete's journey on his website|