Friday, March 10, 2017
Dublin runner Katie Cooke runs to cope with Epilepsy
Katie Cooke is a 19 year old student from Cherrywood in Dublin and has to contend with up to 15 convulsions a day due to epilepsy. In the past, she has been confined to a wheelchair and was completely dependent on other for help. She now runs every day to help her cope with her condition.
She is also no ordinary runner as she has clocked 16:52 for a 5k and 36:38 for a 10k. She has completed the Dublin City Marathon in under 4 hours while having to deal with several convulsions along the way.
Her running partner is Dr Colin Doherty, a neurologist at St James’s Hospital with a special interest in the treatment of epilepsy.
There is an article in the BBC News website about Katie and it's worth a read.
RTE have also done a radio programme on Katie and they have a 40 minute podcast on their website. It's worth listening to if you have a quite moment during the day.