Dad ‘sacked from job’ after stroke left him ‘unable to find words’ – Liverpool Echo

A suffering dad said he was ‘sacked from his job’ after a stroke left him ‘unable to find words’.

Pete Lawson was left struggling to walk or talk after a devastating stroke which he said “took away his career”.

The 48-year-old – who worked with special needs children – said he was effectively sacked from his job, after 12 months off sick.

And two years on from his stroke, the dad is still living with the debilitating after effects of his medical condition.

The teaching assistant, from Liverpool, said : “It was more of a vocation than a job.

“Although it did have its stresses and strains as with all jobs, there’d be days where a child has made a milestone that you thought would never happen and it truly invigorated me.

“I was off work for six months with full pay, six months half pay and then my contract was terminated.

“Effectively, I was sacked.

“It was impossible to return due to my mobility issues, my aphasia and the emotional impact of my stroke.

“I was working with children that are severely autistic.

“I was walking with a stick, which could have been dangerous. Ultimately that was my way of getting around.”

Pete said after his stroke he struggled with aphasia – which affects his speech and the ability to read or write.

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