Pub trip helps Tredworth stroke victim recover
SNEAKING out of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to watch football in the pub just weeks after suffering a stroke has been hailed as a major step forward in the recovery of Tony Goss.
At 53, Tony is the same age as fellow stroke victim, BBC presenter Andrew Marr. He was hit by the condition in 2010.
The Tredworth dad-of-three was at home when he felt light headed and collapsed after taking a bath. Luckily his wife was at home who immediately called an ambulance. He spent the next two months in hospital.
"It was terrifying, not just for me but my wife as well," he said. "I had no movement down my right side and couldn't speak or communicate. The recovery was very hard and I was the youngest on the ward.
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"It was when my nephew came to take me to watch the football that my recovery kicked on. I had sneaked out in a wheelchair with him to watch the football.
"When I left I couldn't get back in to the hospital. I got a telling off from the doctors, but a younger doctor came around later that day and asked how did I go to the toilet in the pub? When I explained, she said I was ready to go home as it proved I was getting better."
Tony continued his recovery at home but still has regular occupational therapy sessions. His speech is back to normal, but he struggles with longer words. He now volunteers at the hospital to help others affected by the condition.
Consultant Dr Kate Hellier said: "Strokes are more common for people in their 60s and 70s – but we regularly see people who are younger."