Hereford & Worcester

Droitwich woman had 120 strokes in 10 years

A woman from Worcestershire who has had over 120 mini strokes has been helping raising awareness of the condition on World Stroke Day.

Sharon Bowie, from Droitwich, who is now in a wheelchair, said she had her first stroke about 10 years ago aged 27 and with a young family.

She said she was scared when she suddenly lost any feeling on the left-hand side of her body.

Two of her children have since helped raise £3,000 for stroke charities.

'Can't be serious'

A stroke occurs when the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and it starts to die.

The World Stroke Organisation said symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, dizziness and trouble speaking.

Mini-strokes often lead to a full-blown attack.

Ms Bowie said she and her son Kieron use humour to get through any tough times.

He said: "It's like people come in and act really serious, like my mum's had a stroke (and they say) 'Oh my God, do you want me to be really quiet?' and it's like no, just carry on."

Ms Bowie said: "We can't live like that when it happens as much as it does."

The Stroke Association has warned too few patients are treated in specialist stroke units or given the right drugs.

Julie Ainscow, from the Stroke Association, said the recent campaign to promote awareness of strokes is hard-hitting and is having an effect.

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