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Becki

Becki

Name: Becki Cobb
Age: 23
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Brighton
Campaign: Raise awareness of strokes

At the age of 21, I was your average student: I was working part time, socializing lots, and stressing about my coursework. I spent seven months working in New Zealand when I was 18, and could not wait to graduate so I could plan my next trip.

 

Then in February 2011 I collapsed on my way to work. I had suffered a major stroke.

 

I woke up in hospital surrounded by my family and friends. I had no idea what a stroke was and had always associated the word with old people, not a healthy 21-year-old girl.

 

I quickly realised that I was paralysed down the left side of my body and knew that I had a long road of recovery ahead of me. The doctors found a small hole in my heart called a PFO, something everyone is born with but normally heals with age.

 

They believe a blood clot passed through this hole and reached my brain, cutting the oxygen supply.

 

Strokes can happen to anyone at any age. I am working with Fixers to create a resource, which will alert young people to the signs of a stroke, breaking the myth that strokes only happen to old people.

I would like to thank Sophie Reid for helping me with my project.

City Pad Brighton
Thanks to the City Pad, Brighton, who supplied the locations for my television piece.


Stuart Brown and Jenni Nuttall from Sussex Police

Thanks to the police, I was found when I was having a stroke. They also supported my project by appearing in my broadcast piece.

The Fitness Shed & Stroke & Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic

The team who have been behind restoring movement in the left side of my body following paralysis caused by the stroke.

 

Different Strokes

A national charity which assists people who have suffered from strokes.

October 2013

My film has received really encouraging feedback and my project has gone down a treat on the Different Strokes Facebook page and on Twitter. Various worldwide stroke support groups, survivors and Stroke Association have also shared the story and responded.

 

Below are some of the positive comments I have received.

 

'Great film Becki! I hope it gets the message out there!'

 

'Amazing! Well done, I will share with everyone.'

 

'Hopefully this well send the message out there that it could happen to anyone. Well done Becki!'

 

'Great film and well done Becki!'

 

May 2013

My story was featured in the Argus newspaper. Click here to read the full article.

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