“I love the video @kateallatt your courage & determination is truly inspiring. You only live once – no we live every day.”

Dame Kelly Holmes

Double Gold Olympic Athlete


Kate started writing her book the very day she left hospital in 2010.  ‘Running Free Breaking out of locked in syndromehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-Free-Breaking-Locked-Syndrome/dp/1908006641.

Kate’s unrivalled internationally published book ‘pulls no punches’ and has proven to be the ‘go to’ practical resource for anyone fighting to recover from an early diagnosis of locked in syndrome. Judging by the amazon reviews, even people NOT affected by locked in syndrome, seem to love Kate’s inspirational non-fiction book.

It is available on all good eBook sites & Amazon.

“Just amazing & inspirational”

Jeremy Vine

Presenter, BBC Radio 2


‘Running Free (Allatt/Stokes) – a true-life medical horror story..

inspiration for anyone overcoming personal adversity.’

Readers Digest Australia


ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)

Running Free: Breaking out from Locked-In Syndrome

By Kate Allatt


This was a fantastic book that I cannot recommend highly enough. It absorbed me on many angles and I couldn’t put it down until I had got to the end.


Kate suffered a massive brain stem stroke leaving her with locked-in syndrome. She recounts her months in hospital; the difficulties, the successes, the emotions, the people involved in her eventual discharge from hospital nine months later.  This is a book really worth reading.


This book is very insightful into the lives of the neuro-rehabilitation team – physiotherapists, OT’s, speech therapists, doctors, nurses, clinical psychologist. It makes you think about how we are perceived, who we are really working with, what we hope for with a patient and why.  It certainly made me question assumptions I have made as a physio and think about life from a patient perspective.  We all want to be patient centred and are we?  I think with the best possible intentions we often have our own agenda.  I will certainly approach my next patient differently.  And if we feel frustrated, then this is even more exacerbated as the patient.  This reading has already influenced my practise – my approach to patients as well as my teaching of students.


This book also touches your heart as a wife, a mother, a friend. I shed many a tear whilst reading this, really imagining the emotions that must have been felt and realising how precious life is and how you just don’t know what is around the corner.  Kate was probably not the easiest patient, but my goodness me, what courage she must have to fight the system endlessly to get where she is today.  She is an inspiration to us all, not just as professionals, but as people.  Would I be as strong and achieved as much?  I hope so.


Kate has done really well to write this book as she has. I think it is a useful adjunct to a students training, to get a glimpse of what is important to a patient.  It is a real eye-opener to a qualified therapist.  And it is an emotional, easy to read book for anyone interested in people.

ACPIN (The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)

Running Free Reviews



Amazon Reviews

Kate's Books

Kate is an internationally published author of 3 books, including the acclaimed 'Running Free' about her recovery from Locked-In Syndrome, and other self-help & self-management books for anyone affected by stroke or brain injury.

Keynote Speaker

Kate is a proven outstanding keynote speaker, after dinner speaker, and Happiness Health Coach. She runs interactive workshops on a variety of themes in the NHS, schools and businesses.

Coaching & Mentoring

Kate mentors & supports stroke patients worldwide, obtaining the best chance to improve their health outcomes, and acting as a patient advocate. Kate is also a practising as a Happiness Health Coach.