Stroke vic­tim makes it across the fin­ish­ing line

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

FIVE years ago, Mos­man Park res­i­dent Tom Moor­man was con­fined to a wheel­chair and could barely talk af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke.

Last month, he ran 4km in the Run for a Rea­son.

The 63-year-old was sup­ported by three of his four sons and staff from the UWA Ex­er­cise and Per­for­mance Cen­tre, who have been help­ing Mr Moor­man achieve his goal since Oc­to­ber last year.

Mr Moor­man cel­e­brated fin­ish­ing the course by en­joy­ing two beers.

“Cross­ing the fin­ish line was re­ally good, the hard part was the run,” he said.

“My time wasn’t the best but it was re­ally good fun.”

Mr Moor­man suf­fered a stroke while driv­ing his car, spent four weeks in Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hospi­tal and was in the Shen­ton Park Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hospi­tal for nine months.

In Oc­to­ber last year, he ap­proached the UWA team, in­clud­ing ac­cred­ited ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Dy­lan Warner, for help to achieve his goal.

Mr Warner said Tom’s speech and phys­i­cal func­tion had improved dra­mat­i­cally since then.

“That first ses­sion we did a 50m run twice and that was our limit and slowly we went to 75m, 100m and built up from there,” he said.

Mr Warner said he was “proud” watching Tom cross the fin­ish line.

“It was awe­some,” he said. “I was just happy for Tom be­cause I know how much it meant to him.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d483364

Tom Moor­man, who com­pleted the Run for a Rea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke, with UWA Ex­er­cise and Per­for­mance Cen­tre phys­i­ol­o­gist Dy­lan Warner.

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