Sean Chivers suffered a cardiac arrest due to an undetected condition which led to kidney failure (Image: BPM MEDIA)
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A young man who doctors thought would never wake up after a cardiac arrest due to kidney failure is making a miraculous recovery.
The family of Sean Chivers were told to consider switching off his life support machine after his condition deteriorated while he was in an induced coma.
But they refused and five months on the 30-year-old is continuing to defy the odds and can talk again and even make a brew.
Sean, of Horninglow, Burton upon Trent, suffered a hypoxic brain injury due to lack of oxygen after 'dying' for 30 minutes, reports StaffordshireLive.
His mum Michelle saved him by performing CPR via instructions from emergency call operators.
Doctors were able to eventually detect an underlying health condition which caused too much potassium to be present in his blood causing his kidney to fail.
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Sean's family refused to switch off his life support despite doctors' advice
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But they said in the lead up to the cardiac arrest Sean would have been expected to have lost the ability to walk and talk, as well as suffering continual collapses.
However, he hadn't suffered any of these symptoms.
The damage caused to Sean's brain is still being monitored and understood by doctors as the patient continues to improve day by day.
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.
Sean with sister Amy and mum Michelle
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"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 started to feel ill just after Christmas last year.
Sean is due to come home from hospital in August
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However, his symptoms appeared to be nothing more than a sickness bug.
In February he fell ill again before appearing to recover.
On the evening of February 13, a Saturday, Sean was in his room watching TV and Michelle noticed he looked unwell.
Despite her son's assurances he was fine, she called for an ambulance and seconds later he collapsed on the bed.
Sean was rushed to the intensive care unit at Burton's Queen's Hospital and placed in an induced coma for six weeks.
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Just four days in, however, doctors told his family he was unlikely to recover.
After they refused to switch off life support, Sean was transferred to the high dependency unit at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Initially, doctors were baffled as to what had caused the patient to get so ill.
Due to the kidney failure, Sean will now be on dialysis for the rest of his life.
He has also developed epilepsy and diabetes.
While at Queen's he suffered several severe seizures and almost died before being put on the high dependency unit at Royal Derby.
Sean is now at King's Lodge, at the London Road Community Hospital, in Derby, for rehabilitation.
His family has been told he could be able to return home on August 11.
Due to Covid restrictions they have had to resort to daily Facetime with hospital visits limited.
Amy said they have read messages of support to Sean and thanked everyone who has helped her brother in his recovery.