Strokes can be different. Mine was the bump onto the floor, curled-up banana, non-speaking, non-walking, non-thinking, non-writing sort. Mine was, in TV scheduling terms, was at the graveyard time, early (6.30am) on a Sunday morning, when the outcome is statistically supposedly very dodgy as no stroke consultants are necessarily on duty at the hospital and a skeleton staff is on duty.
Around 150,000 people a year in the UK suffer a stroke, a third of these people are under the age of 65, and around 1,000 people are under the age of 30. In October 2011, I unexpectedly became one of the statistics.
In the UK alone more than a thousand people die from falls on the stairs each year, and falls in older people cost the NHS over £1 billion per year.
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