A MAN who was told he would never walk again after having emergency brain surgery as a child has defied the odds to become a personal trainer.
Adam Low was just nine when he was given the devastating news that he had a brain tumour after months of suffering headaches, and had to be rushed into surgery.
The 22-year-old said: “I started getting severe headaches and it took a few months for the doctors to realise what it was.
“I was referred to a specialist and they realised straight away. I was admitted to hospital the same day to have it removed.”
The surgery left Adam – who lives with parents Dorothea, 62, and Alan, 59, in Seaburn – with severe balance problems and double vision, which means he has to wear an eye patch. He spent two years in a wheelchair, unable to even stand up.
“I was told I would never walk again,” he said.
“I was absolutely gutted. While my friends were out playing football and going to school, I didn’t go to school for a full year.
“I learned to pull myself up and I could take a few steps, holding on to the wall. After not being able to stand up for two years, it was amazing. That’s what kept me going and got me to where I am now.”
Two years after the initial diagnosis, and after he returned to Seaburn Dene Primary School, Adam suffered a further blow as the tumour started to grow back and he faced 12 months of chemotherapy to shrink it.
He went through gruelling physiotherapy and started working out at the gym. By the time he was 15, he could run and play football with his friends again.
Now Adam has set up Adam Low Personal Training after being inspired by brother Graham, 27, who works in the industry.
He said: “I want to help people who really struggle with losing weight, who have tried everything and want to see results.”