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Real stories 

Jane Richards, 56

Jane got up and went to work as a therapist. Her first patient arrived but when she tried to speak, nothing came out. Luckily, her friend Charlotte stopped by to check on her (she’d spoken to her the night before when she mentioned the headache) and called an ambulance.

Jane couldn’t talk for a year; it was as if she couldn’t remember words or how to make any kind of sound. ‘I felt like an insect that couldn’t communicate. It was so frustrating, I was trapped inside my own body.’ She has now made a good recovery, and she can speak and read again.

Type of stroke:
Unreported
Cause of stroke:
Unreported

John Ernest, 61

John went to get out of bed one morning and fell. He got up and, despite still feeling funny, drove his son to work. When he got home he struggled to get out of the car. When back inside the house John’s wife noticed that his mouth had dropped and that he had slight paralysis so she called an ambulance.

Type of stroke:
Unreported
Cause of stroke:
Unreported

Sandy Merton, 62

Sandy went to bed after drinking three glasses of red wine. She woke up at 6am and felt odd. She decided not to go to work, but as she tried to get out of bed she fell on the floor. She tried to attract her husband’s attention but her voice was very weak and she could not form the words. Luckily, he heard her and came into the bedroom, and she remembers saying, 'Have I had a stroke?'

He called 999 and Sandy was taken to hospital. Later that day she had a scan which showed that she had a clot. Sandy then spent three weeks on the ward.

The stroke affected Sandy’s left side, resulting in the paralysis of her arm and leg. She can now walk and move her arm again, but her fingers are still affected. Sandy also suffered from lack of confidence and emotional ability but she has overcome these to an extent.

Type of stroke:
Ischaemic
Cause of stroke:
Unreported

Boris, 63

Boris had got out of his car to operate a security barrier when he tripped (as he thought at the time), but got back into the car and drove off. After a short distance he had to change gear and stop, which is when he noticed that the use of his left leg and arm had disappeared. He called his daughter, who arrived 15 minutes later. She called an ambulance.

The stroke has left Boris with a weakness to his left side that requires special gym work to strengthen core muscles.

Type of stroke:
Haemorrhagic
Cause of stroke:
Small bleed

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