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Sidcup man celebrates anniversary of learning to walk again - by trekking the Grand Canyon

PUBLISHED: 16:55 27 October 2016

Sean Watson during his trek around the Grand Canyon to raise money for The National Brain Appeal

Sean Watson during his trek around the Grand Canyon to raise money for The National Brain Appeal

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Sean Watson suffered a massive brain haemorrhage 13 years ago

Sean Watson (back row far left) with fellow trekkers at the Grand Canyon raising money for The National Brain Appeal.Sean Watson (back row far left) with fellow trekkers at the Grand Canyon raising money for The National Brain Appeal.

A Sidcup man has celebrated his ability to walk by trekking one of the most stunning natural locations in the world.

More than a decade ago, Sean Watson suffered a massive brain haemmorrhage and a subsequent stroke.

Then aged 24, his parents were told the trainee solicitor would be lucky to walk or talk again.

Now, 13 years on, the 37-year-old has has celebrated his recovery by completing a week-long trek around the Grand Canyon, raising £1000 for the National Brain Appeal.

The charity raises vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, where he received the life-saving treatment.

Originally from Belfast, Mr Watson moved to London in 2002 to train as a solictor.

But in 2003 he had two big seizures where he lost consciousness. A scan revealed a fist-sized mas in his brain.

Mr Watson was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation or AVM in his brain. This is a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between arteries and veins. The vessels are enlarged and carry a high risk of rupturing.

After a long road of recovery, he qualified as a solicitor in 2006.

Now a father, Mr Watson said: “To have survived such a serious illness at a young age has given me a good perspective on life.

“There is not much that bothers me now.

I have actually been to the Grand Canyon before, four times in fact! So when I saw that The National Brain Appeal was organising a fundraising trek there, I knew I wanted to be part of it.”

Earlier this month, a team of 16 people including the Mr Watson, took on the trek.

“The National Brain Appeal’s Grand Canyon Trek seemed to me the perfect way to mark my thirteen year anniversary of being able to walk again. It is thanks to the incredible staff at The National Hospital that I am here today and living a full life.”

“I was with a great bunch of people. We all got on really well. It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. I even did some cliff jumping over 50 foot high waterfalls!”

To support the fundraiser visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SeanWatson


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