MOST INSPIRING HUMAN RACE STORY ‘Coma To 21-K’ (RW June 2018)
Ingrid Schoeman is living proof that having time on your side isn’t always guaranteed; because her life changed in an instant. The Pretoria 32-year-old survived traumatic side effects from the medication she was given to treat drugresistant TB: liver failure, a coma, and damage to the peripheral nerves in her feet.
She shared with RW the honest, raw and real truth about her humiliating loss of independence; from vomiting blood, to having nurses wash her because she was too weak to even sit up or get out of bed.
Schoeman left hospital weighing around 40kg, and the muscles on the tops of her feet were so weak, she couldn’t walk properly.
But if there’s anything surviving a physical ordeal this extreme can show you, it’s what you’re capable of. For Schoeman, the strength she gained overcoming the effects of her TB medication enabled her to accept help from her friends and family. Her father was a Comrades finisher, and she believed she could become a runner herself.
Now, she runs half marathons, and long distances on the trail, because it gives her the sense of freedom she longed for when she wanted to walk but couldn’t. She’s also an advocate for the organisation TB Proof.