Paramedics restarted heart of Beccles man three times after unprovoked attack

Chris Clark. Photo: Headway Norfolk and Waveney

Chris Clark. Photo: Headway Norfolk and Waveney - Credit: Headway Norfolk and Waveney

'If someone had told me 20 years ago this is what I was going to do, I would not have believed them.'

Those were the words of Chris Clark, whose family were told to prepare for the worst when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in February 2012.

But now, Chris manages the Norwich centre for charity Headway and is using his experience to give back.

It was when Chris, 50, was working as a carpenter in London that he was attacked.

He was enjoying an evening out with friends when he was hit over the back of the head, causing his brain to be shunted into the front of his skull, causing additional damage to his frontal lobe.

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Paramedics treating Chris had to restart his heart three times on the way to hospital and while pressure on his brain was relieved through a drain in his skull, his wife Tracy was told to prepare for the worst.

Even if he did survive, she was told, his quality of life would be severely restricted.

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But Chris, who lives in Beccles, did survive and now uses his experience to support others who have been impacted by brain injury or stroke.

He said: 'I am proud to be able to use my experience to support other families.'

Chris' story is featured as one of five films being shown by Headway Norfolk and Waveney for Action for Brain Injury Week, which runs from May 14 - 20. Throughout the week a film exhibition put together by clients will be on show at Castle Mall. Find them on the second floor, near Boots or visit for more information.

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