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London man, mistaken for a inebriated tourist, scarcely dies


Russell Kesley, 47, collapsed on holiday in Cornwall dual years ago due to mountainous adrenalin levels in his body

An zealous cyclist was mistaken for a inebriated traveller after a singular condition caused adrenalin levels in his physique to soar so high it roughly killed him. 

Russell Kesley, 47, from East Dulwich, south easterly London, collapsed on holiday in Cornwall in front of his daughter.

Paramedics insincere he had only had too many to drink, before rushing him to sanatorium when observant his sky high blood pressure.

Doctors diagnosed a physiotherapist with a pheochromocytoma, a rare, customarily soft swelling that develops in an adrenal gland and causes a spike in adrenalin.

He had, unknowingly, been experiencing ‘hyper’ symptoms from a two-inch mass for about 10 years, before he realised anything was wrong.

For years, he was so full of adrenalin, he struggled to make decisions and a consistent high meant he was flourishing on only dual to 3 hours nap any night. 

Mr Kesley, who is now perplexing to lift recognition about a condition following his near-death knowledge in 2015, said: ‘I spent years with this condition determining my life and ruining my relationships, though we had no suspicion what was happening. 

‘I’m so propitious it was held when it was, given a lot of people humour a heart conflict or a cadence with this condition. If we hadn’t been so fit, it would have killed me.

‘I had no suspicion this was happening. The symptoms are so guileful that we don’t know we are carrying them. Every day decisions about your life start being affected.

‘The best approach we can report it is being like carrying a nearby skip in a car, when we get a call of service rushing over you. 

‘I would have that all a time. You are on a consistent high and whenever we get faced with a formidable situation, it is tough to consider straight.

‘It done my relations mangle down. we was creation bad decisions, given of all a adrenalin in my body. When we demeanour back, in hindsight, we can see that.’  

Soaring heart rate 

Before his initial diagnosis, he had collapsed several times with a mountainous heart rate and was certified to hospital.

But no alloy had ever connected his ‘hyper’ poise with a collapse, and pronounced his racing heart was many expected due to him attack his head. 

The zealous cyclist was diagnosed with a pheochromocytoma, a rare, customarily soft swelling that develops in an adrenal gland

Mr Kesley’s condition came to a conduct while on a outing to St Ives, Cornwall, to spend time with his daughter in Jul 2015.

After returning to a campsite, he was still being sick. An ambulance was called when he was incompetent to nap it off. 

But initially, paramedics suspicion he was a dipsomaniac traveller or that he had food poisoning, he said.

As they were about to leave, a womanlike initial aider’s face went white when they took Mr Kesley’s blood pressure.

His resting heart rate was 160, and blood vigour was 250/120 – instead of a 140/80 it should have been.

‘Most people would pop’ 

Mr Kesley said: ‘Under normal circumstances, many people would go pop. we knew it wasn’t good.’ 

Rushed to Royal Cornwall hospital, within a few hours a alloy had diagnosed his singular condition – pheochromocytoma.

He spent a week in complete caring and was prescribed a cocktail of beta blockers and painkillers to soothe his symptoms.

Mr Kesley, who pronounced he was ‘zombied out’ from a drugs, was eliminated to Oxford University Hospital for dilettante medicine in late Sep 2015.

Mr Kesley had, unknowingly, been experiencing ‘hyper’ symptoms from a two-inch mass for about 10 years, before he realised anything was wrong

After 3 hours underneath a knife, a swelling was successfully private and his symptoms vastly improved.

Now, he is remedy giveaway and his adrenalin levels are behind to normal – though doesn’t have a same hum of appetite that he used to. 

‘I was propitious that we did get diagnosed’ 

Mr Kesley added: ‘I was unequivocally propitious that we did get diagnosed. Around 50 per cent of people who have heart attacks and strokes will be found to have this condition. A lot of people die before this is diagnosed.’


A phaeochromocytoma is a singular swelling of a adrenal glands, that lay above a kidneys and furnish a operation of hormones critical for a body.

They are customarily benign, nonetheless around one in 10 are carcenogenic – and rise in a centre in a partial called a adrenal medulla.

The cells in this partial make a ‘fight or flight’ hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline and expelled into a bloodstream when they are needed.

They can means too many of a hormones to exist in a body, that can outcome in high blood vigour and heart palpitations.

Phaeochromocytomas can rise during any age, including in babies and children.

Source: NHS Choices 

‘There have been some durability effects. we suffered mini strokes when my blood vigour was unequivocally high, that has caused some memory problems and done my prophesy deteriorated.

‘But now we can hoop situations many softened and my relations with friends and family have softened dramatically.’ 

Single when he was diagnosed, he has given met someone – Dr Sandra Roscoe, 43, – who he has been with given Nov 2015. 

He feels carrying his adrenalin underneath control is unequivocally assisting to make his attribute a success.

Just before a part that led to his diagnosis, he had his initial ambience of continuation cycling and believes that it helped to save his life.

Mr Kesley said: ‘Exercise substantially precipitated a episode, though being fit and clever also helped me to tarry it. 

‘Riding kept me alive and once we got better, we wanted to continue it.’ 

Getting behind on his bike 

After recuperating from surgery, he was dynamic to get behind on his bike.

And, as his adore for a competition intensified, he motionless to use it to lift income for a people and places who had helped him.

As a result, he has affianced to float 10,000 miles, anticipating to lift £5,000 for a Oxford University Hospital, NET studious substructure and Prospect Hospice, that upheld a crony in her conflict with cancer.

Part of his plea will embody a 3,000 mile competition opposite a US over 15 days subsequent Jun and also a 24-hour continuation eventuality during Brands Hatch this September. 

To present to Mr Kesley’s fundraising campaign, click here.