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As a fit and healthy teen, Ashley Martin's only worries were getting good grades, performing well on the football pitch and passing his driving test.
But his world was dramatically turned upside down when he suffered a stroke at the wheel in the middle of a driving lesson - aged just 17.
Ashley was driving his instructor's car at 30mph through Loughborough town centre, Leicestershire, when he suddenly felt cold and numb.
At first, he put it down to dodgy air conditioning.
But when he reached up to adjust the levels, his left hand flopped off the steering wheel and his instructor immediately told him to pull over.
"I suddenly started to feel a numbness and a coldness on my left side," recalled Ashley, who was left completely bedridden, in agonising pain and unable to perform simple tasks after his massive stroke.
"It was so strange, I have never felt anything like it before."
He added: "I wanted to shut off the air conditioning and my left hand just flopped off the steering wheel.
Despite his young age, Ashley said he had a gut feeling what had happened as it was agreed that he would be driven straight home.
When he got back, he told his mum he was having a stroke. But she - and even doctors - initially struggled to comprehend he had suffered one.