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Co Down driving instructor urges support for stroke charity – The Irish News

Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

Co Down driving instructor urges support for stroke charity – The Irish News

A CO Down driving instructor has described the "invisible" symptoms she still faces in her struggle to recover from a devastating stroke.

Kim Colhoun from Saintfield was having breakfast with her husband and mother when she suffered a stroke in February. She was rushed to hospital where she underwent emergency brain surgery.

Seven months on, the 48-year-old has spoke out about her "terrifying" experience and how she still struggles with aphasia - a communication disability which affects around a third of stroke survivors - in a bid to raise awareness of a new campaign by the Stroke Association.

Recalling the day she suffered the stroke, the mother-of-two said she realised something was wrong when she began "dribbling down my face on the right side".

"I couldn’t speak and I had lost movement down my right hand side," she said.

"Thankfully my husband Basil remembered the FAST advert and called an ambulance and I was rushed to Royal Victoria Hospital. Within two hours I was given clot busting drugs and had surgery to remove a clot from my brain.

"It was terrifying. I just kept going over my husband’s and children’s names in my head and trying to make the shapes of the words with my mouth.

Read more at: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/10/02/news/co-down-driving-instructor-urges-support-for-stroke-charity-1150683/

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