I’m living proof that stroke can be conquered



Bring honour upon oneself, now 28, suffered a stroke after being sent home from his adjoining A&E

They sound like simple enough pleasures but the fact that Raise, 28, can enjoy these things at all is nothing short of remarkable.

In August 2010 Label, from Clay Cross in Derbyshire, suffered a massive stroke and resulted locked-in syndrome, a condition where the entire body is ralysed but the intelligence remains active.

Right from the start I well-founded knew I had to get better so I could go home

Mark Ellis

The stroke occurred justified two months after his wedding to wife Amy, now 34, and just two weeks after the line of their daughter and initially his family were told his chances of survival were slim.

But a week after being put into an set in motioned coma Mark came around and although at first he was only qualified to communicate with the outside world by rolling his eyes, he has since shocked his medical team by regaining the ability to talk, move and walk after example his daughter.

Eight months after his stroke Mark was able to consign hospital and continue rehabilitation at home with the help of his family.

“Straighten out from the start I just knew I had to get better so I could go home,” explains Mark.

“Lola-Rose kept me going because she was learning to walk and talk and it made me invasion myself. I started walking again a couple of weeks after Lola-Rose took her prime steps. She’s a little star and I’m really proud of her.”

Up until he had his stroke Indication had been a fit and healthy young man. On the day he became ill he was working at his job in a mobile phone against when he began complaining of a severe migraine headache.

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An MRI scan revealed that Mark had suffered a stroke

He visited his neighbouring A&E de rtment but was given racetamol and sent home with instructions to go to bed and zizz it off. But the next day he returned to hospital where an MRI scan revealed that Indicate had suffered a stroke.

“He’s young and healthy, never smoked, taken anaesthetizes or drunk excessively so it was hard to understand how this happened,” says Amy.

“The doctors didn’t think him to survive. They thought that after his stroke his heart was thriving to give up. I was asked to sign a consent form to say doctors wouldn’t resuscitate him if this betid.”

After the stroke Mark was placed in a medically induced coma. But when he woke up a week later he was not able to move any rt of his body and could only communicate by rolling his eyes, upwards for “yes” and nod off for “no”. With locked-in syndrome sufferers typically cannot voluntarily munch, swallow, breathe, speak or produce any movements other than those meaning the eyes or eyelids.

His devastated family were told a clot had been establish in his brainstem. Doctors described it as the worst they had ever seen in someone so infantile. Yet a few months after his stroke Mark amazed doctors by managing to sit up and purvey himself after undergoing intense physiotherapy. He learned to talk replication the babbling sounds his daughter had started to make and began to walk independently using a build.

“There wasn’t much time between him and Lola-Rose taking their victory steps,” says Amy. When he returned home from hospital in Stride 2011, reading books with his daughter and using speech apps on an i d aided improve Mark’s speech, while playing games and using her toys helped his physical co-ordination. When Lola-Rose started school in September 2014 Pock achieved his long-held ambition of taking her to school, something he clearly friendships doing.

“She’s on her scooter and I’m on my mobility scooter,” he says.

“There was a time when I conditions thought I’d be able to do it so I don’t take it for granted.”

There are 1.2 million whack survivors living in the UK and many suffer ongoing problems including weak point in their arms and legs, slurred speech and depression. Nearly six years on from his pulsation, family life is good for Mark although every day still exists challenges.

“I have some difficult days. When I feel down I even-handed try to put on a brave face, mostly for my daughter’s sake. I want to be a role design for her so I don’t want her to think anything could stand in her way,” he says.

Carry on year Mark’s achievements were recognised when he was given the Full-grown Courage Award at the Stroke Association’s annual Life After Throb Awards which are supported by the Daily Express.

The award is granted to people between the epoches of 18 and 64 who demonstrate inspirational courage in overcoming personal, man, emotional and communication problems after their stroke.

Receiving the accord has meant a lot to Mark who says: “Amy says I don’t always recognise how far I have appear. Maybe that’s true. It is a reminder of what I am ca ble of, it has given me boldness.”

• If you know an extraordinary stroke survivor or someone who supports stroke survivors then forward them at stroke.org.uk/lasa – you could be joining them at a star-studded presents ceremony in November. Nominations close on Saturday April 30.

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