Boxing trainer Ingle battles back from rare form of epilepsy

LEGENDARY boxing trainer Brendan Ingle has revealed he has no plans to retire after battling back from the brink of death.

Brendan Ingle recovering in Sheffield's Hallamshire Hospital. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

The 73-year-old, who has trained four world champions, was paralysed for three days by a rare form of epilepsy.

But after being discharged from hospital last night, he said: “I don’t know when I’ll go back to the gym – it all depends on what time I go back home.

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“I’m too busy to pop my clogs, there is too much for me to do.”

The former boxer has no memory of being rushed into hospital a week ago, nor of the three days doctors fought to save his life.

Speaking from his bedside at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, before he was released, the grandfather-of-13 said: “When I woke up on Saturday morning I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ It was a shock to realise I was in hospital and how ill I had been.

“I can’t remember exactly what the doctors said but I was just glad to be OK, and that I was still here.”

Doctors initially feared Mr Ingle – who began to feel tired, thirsty and ill last Tuesday – had suffered a stroke. But when his body was gripped by another seizure, and he moved an arm, medics realised there must be another explanation for his mystery illness.

They eventually diagnosed Todd’s Paresis, a form of epilepsy which causes temporary paralysis and can be controlled with medication.

Mr Ingle – who was visited round the clock by dozens of boxers he had trained over the years – said he wanted to thank hospital staff for their first-class care, as well as the many supporters who had sent ‘get well soon’ messages.

Nurse practitioner Sam Coggeran said: “Clearly Brendan has been quite poorly but he has been a pleasure to nurse and a star patient. If we had more Brendans our job would be a lot easier.

“We will miss him, but everybody is glad he is doing so well.”