Stroke vic­tim’s hard work re­warded

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A HILLING­DON stroke sur­vivor was recog­nised for his ‘hard work and courage’ in re­cov­ery.

Rick Hein, 63, was given a highly com­mended cer­tifi­cate by TV weather pre­sen­ter Sian Lloyd and Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion trustee Ni­raj Shah, at an event at Royal Mail’s Mount Pleas­ant Cen­tre, in Far­ring­don, on Mon­day, Novem­ber 2.

The former teacher suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing stroke in April 2011 which af­fected his move­ment and co­or­di­na­tion, leav­ing him strug­gling to speak and swal­low.

Af­ter a lot of hard work, Rick re­gained the move­ment of his right arm and he started to re-learn his read­ing and nu­meric skills.

Mr Hein now vol­un­teers for the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion and reg­u­larly at­tends the Hilling­don Communications Sup­port Group.

He said: “I’m on the road to re­cov­ery. Ev­ery day I feel more con­fi­dent with my speech.

“I might have had a stroke, but I still en­joy play­ing the pi­ano and com­pos­ing mu­sic. Life af­ter stroke isn’t with­out its chal­lenges – my mem­ory of­ten still plays tricks on me and I have to write down im­por­tant facts.”

The stroke sur­vivor, who says he’s ‘very lucky’ to be where he is now, thanked friends, fam­ily and the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion for all the ‘won­der­ful sup­port’.

He added: “It’s an hon­our to re­ceive the Life Af­ter Stroke Award, it’s given me a real sense of achieve­ment.”

The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s Life Af­ter Stroke Awards recog­nise the courage shown by stroke sur­vivors and car­ers, as well as the great work and com­mit­ment shown by health pro­fes­sion­als, groups and sup­porter or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Michelle Dal­ma­cio, deputy di­rec­tor and ser­vices man­ager for the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion in Lon­don, said: “Our re­gional event high­lights the tremen­dous courage lo­cal peo­ple have shown in re­build­ing their lives af­ter a stroke, or in help­ing oth­ers to do the same.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.stroke.org.uk/ LASA.

n ‘ROAD TO RE­COV­ERY’: Rick Hein re­ceives his award from Sian Lloyd

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