Paul Luttrell revealed he suffered one long dream during his 11-day coma while he had Covid – where he was ‘kidnapped by a gang and worked as a driver with a really crap van’
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A man has told of the terrifying dream he experienced while in an 11-day induced coma – where he was ‘kidnapped and forced to be a delivery driver with a really crap van’.
Paul Luttrell, 52, was placed on a ventilator after contracting Covid and it was feared he wouldn’t survive.
Three years ago, he was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, that destroyed his kidneys.
He was taken ill from Covid during a regular dialysis session and placed in an induced coma.
But after defying the odds to recover, he has now given an incredible insight into the continuous delirium that came with being comatose.
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The former builder said he is still struggling to process what he experienced during the 11-day stretch.
In his dream, he was ‘kidnapped’ by a gang and fearing for his life at every moment while working as a driver.
And as part of his ‘torture’ he revealed he was made to work as a ‘slave’ delivering food for Tesco to earn his captors money – and was only given a clapped-out old banger of a van to work in.
He said he doesn’t remember anything else until coming around three weeks later.
He spent a total of 11 days in the coma and described the whole experience as ‘surreal.’
He said: “It was pretty hellish. I did not get to see my family or say goodbye and was put in an induced coma for 11 days.
“I remember the dreams so clearly – like crystal.
“I had been kidnapped by a gang in London who put a hood over my head, chucked me in a car and then took me to a garage. It was a really wet floor but they ripped my shirt and used a defibrillator to try and torture me.
“They then made me get a job as a Tesco delivery driver but I had to give all my money and wages to them. I only had this crappy van doors hanging off the back but I had to get on with it and earn more money to give straight to them.
“The leader of the gang was a dwarf who kept demanding ‘I want more money.’ I then also started selling acid tabs. It was all so bizarre I don’t know where it all came from. But I was hallucinating and could not escape.
“They wanted me to look after a prostitute. I remember what she looks like and everything. My job was to protect her from guys getting too frisky with her.
“The dream went on continuously. The girl was a computer hacker and she worked with other hackers to find out who Banksy was as he was trying to kill the queen. There was a big event in London next to the Thames that had two giant pyramids.
“There was a film showing that night next to the pyramids that had three words displayed “you are dead”. I stopped to watch the movie and everything collapsed around me.
“It was scary stuff. The dreams were so bizarre but so real. I jumped from one place to another.
“I would hide under my friend’s house and they would put out smoke signals when it was safe to come out.”
Paul, of Frome, Somerset, who has five children and two grandchildren, said his family thought they would ‘bury him’ after he was put straight into isolation during the dialysis session on July 26.
His oxygen levels had dropped to just 60 and the last thing he remembers was paramedics arriving dressed in hazmat suits.
He added: “What I was later told was that I was taken to hospital in Bath but they didn’t have facilities for a dialysis patient so I was moved to Southmead in Bristol.
“I went to ICU and was given dialysis continuously while I was asleep. I was so ill with Covid, the x-rays showed it was all over my chest and I was struggling to breathe so they put me on a ventilator and induced me.
“I don’t remember anything from the start until waking up.”
Paul said he also ‘subconsciously’ heard his favourite music which his brother had asked medical staff to play for him.
He also recalls the moment he finally came around.
He added: “My mum died a year ago and she used to train horses along the seafront in Weymouth when she was younger. She was riding bareback and just looked at me and smiled. That is when I woke up. It was like she wouldn’t let me die.
“I have had to come to terms with what is in my own head. Delirium is a recognised result of being in an induced coma. When you talk to people who have been in that position they say it can make you go mad – as it seems so real.”
Paul has needed help with a physio and phycologist since he came out. He has also had to teach himself to eat and walk again.
And when he came round he said the delirium continued.
He added: “The first thing I said to my wife was “have Tesla phoned?” A week later I was still having nightmares.
“It appeared to me the nurses were operating on a double-decker bus by remote control. In their office was a desk with a steering wheel.”
Paul, who had to give up work after being diagnosed with cancer, is now recovering at home after being discharged on August 26 and is looking positively to the future.
He added: “From a physical side I was diagnosed with cancer three years ago that killed my kidneys. The cancer is still there and I still have dialysis but I am feeling stronger from being in a coma. It was almost like I was rebooted and needed the rest.
“I am just trying to live a normal life. I have dialysis three times a week into the arm but I am a positive person and try to see the best of my situation.
“But the doubters need to know that catching Covid is a serious thing. There are so many people without masks now there is no wonder we are in the trouble we are in.
“My sons really supported my wife Dalma as it was a tough time for all of them. They all thought they were going to bury me and it was time for me to go. It shows what Covid can do to a family. It can destroy it.”
Dalma added: “”I have been ready to say goodbye to my husband for about three years now.
“When he caught coronavirus this summer, I thought he wasn’t coming home because they say if you have underlying conditions it hits you harder.
“The doctors said he was a miracle.”