About Dr Kate Allatt 


Extraordinary women 2011 - Kate Allatt

Good stories stick longer, shape visions, teach lessons, set values & define culture…

In Kate’s words …

“In early February, I was invited on BBC radio to talk about my daring charity climb up the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro, for my fortieth birthday, in June 2010. I was a super fit, fell runner, digital marketer, married, devoted mother of three young children – Woody 5, Harvey 8 India 10 – but our lives were to change forever. Just four days after that bubbly radio interview, I suddenly suffered a catastrophic brain stem stroke. Kilimanjaro never happened.  I emerged from my medically induced coma and was considered vegetative. However, I could actually think, feel, see and hear normally but was just unable to move a single muscle. I felt ‘buried alive’, ‘trapped inside my body’ as I suffered the terrifying condition known as Locked In Syndrome, at the age of 39.  However, a chance telephone call from the same radio producer, was to transform my shattered life, and thus give it meaning and purpose.  More importantly, I was able to help transform the shattered lives of equally written-off, forgotten, people,affected by Locked In Syndrome, globally, The results are nothing short of astonishing. I’ve learnt how important it is for people to be given a good quality of life back in the community.  It’s simply not good enough to pat ourselves on the back for skillfully saving the lives of people who would have simply died a few years ago.  We must consider how we can help make these survivors be the best they can be in our communities afterwards.  Presently, most long term Locked In Syndrome survivors merely just  ‘exist’ pitifully in our nursing homes. I’ve also learnt there are ‘no promises, just possibilities’  and HOPE.


Kate’s bio:

Dr Kate Allatt (D Litt) astonishingly recovered from most people’s worst nightmare, like waking up in the middle of an operation unable to move, after a faulty anaesthetic.  To think, feel, see and hear yet be unable to move anything below her eyelids. The condition is also known as Locked In Syndrome.

Three months after leaving hospital she founded Fighting Strokes her registered charity and astonishingly ran again on her first stroke anniversary. 

She originated the global, Stroke Survivors Day social movement on the 7th April each year. The call to action is the StillMe selfie challenge. 

#SSD is an annual event to celebrate stroke survivors, for stroke survivors by stroke survivors.  

Kate is a respected social media lobbyist, influencer, published researcher voluntary global activist and media commentator.

Kate works extensively to coach the NHS leadership and The Big Four, teaching about the value of compassion, resiliency, growth mindset and how to achieve more with less.

Kate is winner of Extraordinary Woman 2011, an internationally published author, health consultant, proven global wow-factor inspirational,TEDx and mental toughness masterclass speaker.  Kate is credible and her mental toughness enabled her to achieve this in 8 years since her frightening, rare stroke.



Her media appearances include:

BBC Jeremy Vine, BBC Victoria Derbyshire TV, BBC Today, BBC Newsnight, BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Sheffield, The One Show, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, RTL Germany, ABC Australia,  The Times, The Times on Sunday, The Indian Times, Readers Digest, Woman & Home, Woman, The Good housekeeping Guide, BBC World Service, Sky News, GLOBO TV, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, etc….

The film is next…… 😉

 “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill