Young woman who was paralysed by a stroke at the age of 21 reveals her ordeal
12:52 GMT, 6 August 2012
A brave young woman has revealed how she has rebuilt her life after suffering a stroke at the age of 21.
Becky Beaumont from Stockport, Greater Manchester, appeared on This Morning on Friday and recalled the terrible moment she woke up to find she couldn't move her left side.
She said: 'The day before had been a completely normal day, I'd done a shift at work before going to a pub
quiz with friends. I came home at 11.30pm and went to
bed. When woke up, that's when it all kicked off. I reached for my phone
but I couldn't move.'
Terrifying ordeal: Becky Beaumont was just 21 when she had a stroke
Becky, who had been training to be a hairdresser, at first thought she had 'pins and needles
from sleeping funny'. But when she reached with her right hand to touch the left side of her face, she realised it had drooped. 'I just knew I'd had a stroke,' she said.
Becky explains this terrifying moment in more detail on her blog, www.luckygirlbec.blogspot.co.uk.
She writes: 'In my whole life and in my years to come I don't think I'll ever feel
as lonely, vulnerable and helpless as I did in those silent minutes that
I lay, motionless in my bed.
'Looking back, the seconds that went by seemed like decades, and the
panic was escalating. My body wasn't working, and all I could think was,
“Please God, let my voice work.” With all my might and will, I screamed for my mum.
Stroke victim: Becky told This Morning presenters John Barrowman and Kate Thornton how she woke up one morning and was paralysed on her left side
Becky's mum called the paramedics and Becky told This Morning presenters John Barrowman and Kate Thornton that she was able to find some humour in her awful situation when her mum then started to tidy her room.
'My mum said it had to be tidy before the paramedics came!' she said. 'It was her way of coping with what had happened.'
The average age people have a stroke is 75 so when Becky arrived at hospital, doctors at first thought she must have an infection.
However, scans confirmed it had been a stroke due to a blood clot on her brain that had been caused by a previously undetected hole in her heart.
Support: Becky said she couldn't have got over her stroke, which left her unable to walk for a time, without her fiance Chris
Dr Dawn Harper, who appeared on This
Morning with Becky, explained that such holes in the heart are common –
affecting one in four people – but it doesn't usually cause any
problems. However, in Becky's case it caused a blood clot.
Becky was taken to the stroke ward at
Stepping Hill hospital where her long road to recovery began with
gruelling physio and occupational therapy sessions. She was thankful
that the drooping in her face corrected itself within hours.
She said: 'From how I was to how I am now is amazing. I couldn't walk or do anything. Now I can walk for 20 minutes but I still suffer from fatigue.'
Emotional: The trainee hairdresser cried when she heard a message from Chris in which he said he was so proud of her
Becky said she couldn't have got through her ordeal without the support of her family and her boyfriend, Chris, who remained at her side throughout her recovery.
She said what has happened has strengthened their relationship and they are now engaged.
'He has been amazing, He was at uni at time and when he heard what happened he was there in half an hour and then didn't leave my side,' she said.
Chris was unable to appear on the ITV show but Kate Thornton read out a message he had sent to Becky which brought tears to her eyes.
He said: 'I had wanted to propose for a while When things like this happen you realise life is too short to put them off. You've been through so much and have been unbelievable. You haven't let this stroke get you down for one day, you make me so proud.'
View Becky's appearance on This Morning here…