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Stroke Survivor Backs Hospital Campaign

Thursday April 25 2013


Staincross stroke survivor Shaun Sykes Staincross stroke survivor Shaun Sykes


A MAN who survived a stroke is backing a campaign to help save people's lives.

Shaun Sykes, from Staincross, fell ill in the middle of the night last July.

Because he had seen the Act FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) campaign, the 46-year-old knew immediately that he was having a stroke and asked his wife Nicola, 42, to call an ambulance.

After making a full recovery, he's now back working as an engineer and is supporting a new campaign launched by Barnsley Hospital, called Act FASTER.

"I knew what was happening because I had seen the adverts on television," said Shaun.

"It's definitely a good idea because I could have been on my own and things could have been a lot worse.

"I think a lot more people recognise the symptoms now, having seen the adverts."

When Shaun had his stroke he had woken up suddenly at about 3am feeling very thirsty. He went to get a drink when his arms, legs and face felt funny.

Donna Goddard, stroke specialist nurse at the hospital, is leading on the campaign.

“Unfortunately, in too many cases people don’t spot the symptoms early enough," she said. "The Act FASTER campaign is all about helping people to recognise the signs of a stroke so when they see them they dial 999 straight away.”

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Reply Posted by Jigga on Thursday April 25 2013 at 16:25
A few years ago I thought I was having a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), left arm was difficult to raise, balance went, vision in left eye went funny, speech normal as I asked my partner if she could understand me. I suspected a TIA and my partner took me straight to the nearest A&E. Thankfully it wasn't but it's better to be safe than sorry and everyone should be more aware of symptoms and signs of stroke, cancer and cardiac arrest etc.

Reply Posted by Betty boop on Thursday April 25 2013 at 18:25
I had a stroke in 2010 and if it hadn't have been for my 16 year old daughter noticing the signs from seeing the advert I don't know what would have happened I had a bleed on the brain I can't thank her enough

Reply Posted by corycourtney on Thursday April 25 2013 at 18:58
hi there we are barnsley i dont know if you have heard but theres been a big fight at the forge