Our marathon men 

29/04/2014 00:00 
A former patient who underwent emergency surgery celebrated his recovery by running in the Virgin London Marathon – to thank our intensive care team for saving his life.
 

Hemant Parmar, 57, has raised almost £5,000 -most of it for the Critical Care Unit at University College Hospital - after completing the 26 mile race in just under six hours. His last marathon was 17 years ago.  This was a massive achievement for a man who left hospital two years ago with a lung capacity of only 60 per cent.

Hemant, a retired tax advisor from Ealing, said: “The care I received whilst on the unit and the aftercare I received has just been amazing. The staff worked very hard to get me on my feet under incredibly slim odds…they really helped me and I just wanted to give something back. They are all extremely hard-working and always go beyond the line of duty.”

He described the marathon as 'a superb day, the weather perfect and the crowd were absolutely astounding. They were so very supportive and uplifting. The memory will stay with me for ever'.

Hemant underwent a high risk, six hour operation at University College Hospital two years ago after rupturing his oesophagus. He spent nearly two months recovering in hospital.

Matron Elaine Thorpe said: “Many staff couldn't believe an ex critical care patient was running a marathon. We are all touched by his bravery - to achieve this two years after nearly dying is inspirational and we admire the physical and mental strength needed to achieve this. We are going to meet Hemant in May and congratulate him in person!”

Meanwhile, UCLH principle investigator Adam Giangreco broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest marathon runner dressed as an internal organ!

Adam (pictured above), who was wearing a lung costume, crossed the finishing line in three hours 36 minutes and 42 seconds – 12 minutes faster than the previous record held by a man dressed as a heart.

On his Just Giving page Adam commented; “Hi everyone! I’ve done it! Or as The Guinness people told me… I’m now ‘officially amazing’!”

He raised £3, 425 and 58 pence for Lungs for Living (part of University College London Hospitals Charitable Foundation, reg. no. 1077638).

Adam runs a research group for the Lungs for Living Research Centre, where work is being carried out to discover new ways to detect lung cancer earlier and develop new treatments for people with the disease. 

Well done to all our marathon-running staff and supporters!

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