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Against the odds

An inspirational patient from Cosham’s Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital has completed an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower - despite only having the use of one arm.

Janice Dugan was just 48 when she suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage in 2012 which left her in an induced coma and fighting for her life; she was given only a 20% chance of survival.

The mum-of-three defied the odds to pull through, and subsequently spent three months in QA. Since then she has been on the road to recovery and has been supported along the way by charity Headway.

She took on the challenge to raise money for the brain injury charity.

Janice, from Gosport, said: “It has been a long journey and completing an abseil was a massive personal goal for me. I absolutely loved doing the abseil. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it on my own, as I only have the use of one arm, but it was great taking it on by myself, although it took me a little bit longer than it does for most people. It was emotional. My family and friends were in tears by the time I got to the bottom, but they were tears of joy.

Her husband Bill said: “I’m so proud of her. To think about how she was four years ago, and to see her now, taking on an abseil, is amazing. She’s an inspiration.”

Janice has so far raised around £700 for the charity. To make a donation, visit

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