Katya Overcomes Rare Neurological Disorder to run the London Marathon

Katya Overcomes Rare Neurological Disorder to run the London Marathon

Katya Zafiris is set to lace up her running shoes this weekend to take on the London Marathon for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Doctors informed her that it could take three to four years to regain some sense of normality in her life.

Despite her daunting prognosis and with the support of the NHS team, Katya began her rehabilitation.

Katya told us, “It affects everything you take for granted in life. You have no control over anything with Guillain-Barré syndrome and I’ve had to re-learn how to do absolutely everything. At the time, I wondered whether I would ever be able to move again, walk again, let alone run.

When I was in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit and I woke up from an induced coma, it was almost like a reset. That’s where a new chapter of my life started. I have a new gratitude for just being alive and I see life so differently now. I owe my life to the team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals"

Just one year on and defying all odds, Katya is gearing up to run in the London Marathon tomorrow.

She hopes to raise awareness about Guillain-Barré syndrome as well as raising funds for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Freya Kingswood, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at Sheffield Hospitals Charity said, “Katya’s strength and determination is absolutely inspiring and we’re so grateful that she has decided to take on this challenge in support of the incredible care she received at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. We’d like to wish Katya and all our other amazing runners a huge Good Luck for the London Marathon.”

Look out for her interview on BBC One on Sunday morning at 8.45am.

Go Katya we think you are incredible 💪💙 Good luck!!

Donations can be made by visiting Katya’s fundraising page https://2024tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/katya-zafiris-2de67-gbswarrior

Published: Wednesday 15th of May 2024