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Barnsley's Youngest Stroke Victim Making Progress

Monday September 8 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD who suffered a massive stroke is getting by with a little help from his friends.

Alex Cook, of Langford Close, Dodworth, suffered a stroke in November which left him paralysed and affected his speech.

Months on, he has come on "leaps and bounds", according to his best friend Jack Churchill.

He has regained feeling in his body and can walk and talk again, although sometimes forgets or confuses words.

The pair, born four days apart, have been friends since they were little, and Jack said they were more like brothers.

Before Alex's stroke, the pair had enjoyed their 21st birthdays together and a holiday in Ibiza.

Alex was working as a support worker for people with disabilities when the stroke hit.

A colleague realised straight away that something wasn't right.

Debbie, Alex's mum, said: "When Alex had the stroke, Jack was by his bedside. It's just how their relationship is and how close they are.

"Stroke victims are getting younger, and Alex was the youngest male in Barnsley. It's not what you expect for your 21-year-old - to get a call to say he's on his way to the hospital.

"He's still having specialist therapy but he's doing really well, he's amazing."

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Reply Posted by Me on Monday September 8 2014 at 13:10
Glad he is recovering well. This cant be Britains youngest, its not even Barnsleys youngest stroke victim a little girl in my childs nursery class had one earlier this year.

Reply Posted by Andy on Monday September 8 2014 at 13:45
me@ read the post, MALE . glad your recovering mate,

Reply Posted by Lea on Monday September 8 2014 at 13:19
Glad he's doing well and does it really matter how old he is it's not a competition to see who's is the youngest just has long has their getting well that's all that matter

Reply Posted by G P on Monday September 8 2014 at 19:43
After suffering a stroke at an early age my self. I can relate to this lad. It's a long haul mate but you will get there, the frustration of not being able to tie my shoe laces, really got to me, but give it time. Class it as a hiccup in life, and move forward, good luck.

Reply Posted by Glen Martin on Tuesday September 9 2014 at 20:44
such a nice bloke, went all way through school with 'Cookie', always jolly and had time for everyone, glad hes getting better and nearly back to his old self! x

Reply Posted by Me on Thursday September 11 2014 at 16:36
@Andy read the headline ' Barnsley's Youngest Stroke Victim Making Progress'

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