Weʼve raised £452 to Fund Victoria’s PFO closure heart surgery .
- Cadishead, UK
- Funded on Thursday, 9th May 2019
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On Sep 12th 2015 I went funny and my arm was like ice. I thought I'd pulled a muscle or trapped a nerve so I went to bed and tried to sleep. On Monday I went to the doctor, and he was puzzled that I couldn't move my arm and sent me straight to hospital for a scan. I could hear the doctors saying that I had had a stroke on right brain side and and was experiencing active stroke on left side. They took me up to the acute stroke unit where I had MRI scans and tests, lots of blood tests as I was only 35 and they were puzzled. They put me on clopidogrel and I spent 9 weeks on intense physio. I got stressed being away from my 4 young children and I was mentally cracking up trying to take it all in. I begged to go home to be with my children and eventually I got home with an early suport discharge team. They helped me 3, sometimes 6, times a week with my speech, memory and physio stretches. i had lost the use of my right side, my leg drags and hand doesn‘t work. My left side is very weak and shakes so I have to adapt, or have help, to bath myself or do easy normal everyday stuff such as fastening my bra or doing my hair. I need help to cut my up food and eat. Since then I have lost vision in my right eye due to another stroke of my eye. In June 2018 I was in bed and felt funny and when my husband came to see me, he immediately rang an ambulance. I fell, couldn't talk or write but could hear everything. In hospital they found I'd had another 6 strokes on the left side of my brain. I was distraught. As well as finding clots and PFO, they found an aerteral septal aneurism. I was referred to a specialist to close the PFO, and he told me that funding to treat my condition has been stopped unless I go privately. My specialist, Professor Ray Smith and Paula, my stroke nurse,did a case to NHS England to try and get individual funding. It has been rejected so I either have to go private or hope I have no more strokes or worse. I am really struggling and get so out dizzy and faint my blood pressure fluctuates as my heart is working extra hard . I'm now 37 and just want to try and be the best mum I can be so having my treatment privately is my only option.
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Jun 10, 2018
Jun 10, 2018
Jun 8, 2018
Good luck Hun x
Jun 7, 2018
I hope you receive enough funding for what is required to make things better for you.
May 22, 2018
Good luck raising the money you need Vic! xx
May 22, 2018
You got this 💪🏻
May 21, 2018
Sorry not much! Keep fighting Vicki! ❤️❤️
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