A cancer patient woke up from an 11-day induced coma and revealed he had a long bad dream – in which he was “forced to be a Tesco delivery driver with a really shitty van”.
Paul Luttrell, 52, was put on a ventilator after contracting Covid and should not survive.
But after defying the chances of recovery, he has now provided a unique glimpse into the persistent delirium that came with the coma.
The former builder said he was still struggling to process what he experienced after being “kidnapped” by a gang and fearing for his life any moment.
And as part of his “torture,” he revealed that as a “slave” he was forced to deliver food for Tesco to make his kidnappers’ money – all he received was a fluffed out old bang of a delivery truck to work in.
The father of five was diagnosed three years ago with myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that destroyed his kidneys. He fell ill with Covid during a regular dialysis session.
He said he didn’t remember anything else until he came three weeks later. He spent a total of 11 days in a coma and described the whole experience as “surreal”.
He said, “It was pretty hellish. I couldn’t see my family or say goodbye and was put in an artificial coma for 11 days. I remember the dreams so clearly – like crystal.
“I was kidnapped in London by a gang who pulled a hood over my head, threw me in a car and then took me to a garage. The floor was really wet, but they tore open my shirt and used a defibrillator to torture. ” me.
“They then forced me to get a job as a Tesco delivery driver, but I had to give them all of my money and wages. I just had those shitty van doors hanging in the back, but I had to go ahead and make more money to be able to.” give them directly.
“The leader of the gang was a dwarf who kept asking: ‘I want more money’. Then I also started selling acid pills, it was all so bizarre, I don’t know where it came from, but I was hallucinating and couldn’t escape.
“They wanted me to look after a prostitute. I remember what she looks like and everything. It was my job to protect her from the boys getting too frisky with her.
“The dream went on uninterrupted. The girl was a computer hacker and she worked with other hackers to find out who Banksy was when he tried to kill the Queen Pyramids.
“That night a movie was playing next to the pyramids that had three words on it,” You’re dead. “I stopped to watch the movie and everything around me collapsed.
“It was scary stuff. The dreams were so bizarre, but so real. I jumped from one place to another.
“I hid under my friends’ house and they made smoke signals when it was safe to come out.”
Paul, from Frome, Somerset, who has five children and two grandchildren, said his family thought they would “bury” him after he was directly isolated during the July 26 dialysis session.
His oxygen levels had dropped to 60 and the last thing he remembers were paramedics showing up in protective suits.
He added, “What I was later told was that I was hospitalized in Bath but had no facilities for a dialysis patient, so I was transferred to Southmead, Bristol.
“I went to intensive care and was on dialysis all the time while I slept. I was so sick of Covid, the x-rays showed it was all over my chest and I was struggling to breathe so they put me on a ventilator and induced me. I don’t remember anything from the start until I wake up. “
Paul said he also “unconsciously” heard his favorite music that his brother had asked the medical staff to play for him.
He also remembers the moment when he finally came over. He added: “My mother died a year ago and she trained horses along the Weymouth coast in her youth. She rode bareback and just looked at me and smiled. That’s when I woke up. It was like she was doing it. ” don’t let me die
“I’ve had to come to terms with what’s going on in my own head. Delirium is a recognized consequence of an induced coma. When you talk to people who have been in this position, they say it can drive you crazy – it seems like it real.”
Paul has needed help from a physiologist and phycologist since he came out. He also had to teach himself to eat and walk again.
And when he came to, he said the delirium was going on.
He added, “The first thing I said to my wife was,“ Did Tesla call? ”A week later, I was still having nightmares. It seemed like the sisters were operating remotely on a double-decker bus using a steering wheel desk. “
Paul, who had to quit his job after being diagnosed with cancer, is now recovering at home after his release on August 26th and is looking positively into the future.
He added, “I was physically diagnosed with cancer three years ago that destroyed my kidneys. The cancer is still there and I’m still on dialysis, but the coma makes me feel stronger. It was almost as if.” I restarted and “needed the rest.
“I’m just trying to lead a normal life. I have dialysis in my arms three times a week, but I’m a positive person and I try to get the best out of my situation.
“But the doubters need to know that dealing with Covid is serious business. There are so many people without masks now that it is no wonder we are in the troubles we are in.
“My sons really supported my wife Dalma as it was a difficult time for them all. Everyone thought they would bury me and it was time for me to leave. It shows what Covid can do to a family. It can destroy. ” it.”
Dalma added, “” I’ve been ready to say goodbye to my husband for about three years. When he caught the coronavirus this summer, I thought he wouldn’t come home because they say if you have underlying diseases, it hits you harder. The doctors said it was a miracle. “
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