In undiagnosed asthma, a threefold mother was in a coma after waking up in the middle of the night and unable to breathe.
Lisa Spence was severely ill and hospitalized after complaining of coughing and difficulty breathing.
The 44-year-old's condition deteriorated rapidly and the doctors pulled aside her 45-year-old husband Rory and said, "This is really serious, is it your permission to put her into a coma?"
Rory from Guisborough left what he perceived as "absolute terror" that their children would grow up without their mother.
Lisa initially thought she was suffering from the flu, but a couple of doctor's visits could not figure out what was wrong.
Then, a year ago, things got worse.
Rory told Teesside Live: "I went to bed, she woke me up in the wee hours and said she can not breathe.
"Her heart rate was absolutely crazy, and next you knew she was getting back to life.
"I knew things were getting pretty serious then, and then they decided to transfer them to the High Dependency Department.
"She spent the day and night there."
As her condition worsened, Rory received the devastating news that his wife had fallen into a coma.
Luckily Lisa has fully recovered after five days in a coma and another four days spent at James Cook University Hospital.
It was concluded that she had undiagnosed asthma exacerbated by infection.
Rory added, "Without the team of counselors, doctors, nurses and other helpers, she just would not be here.
"The NHS sometimes gets a stick, blaming the government, not the employees, they are just professionals and surpassing their duty.
"I want to make more people aware of how asthma can make a healthy and healthy person into a serious illness, and I also want to draw attention to the fantastic work that the NHS staff is doing."
To thank hospital staff and raise money for asthma UK, production manager, Mr. Spence, will battle the pain caused by arthritis in the hips and complete the London Marathon later this month.
The funds will be split equally between the charity and the James Cook Hospital. More information can be found on his donation page.