Stroke survivor makes ‘unbelievable’ recovery
05 April 2017
A stroke victim and her family will be forever grateful to the hospital’s stroke unit who helped her make a remarkable recovery.
It was just like any other day for Brenda Creasey, 78, from
Benfleet but when she collapsed whilst doing household chores, it
suddenly became clear she was having a stroke.
It was the quick thinking of husband, John, which saw Brenda
rushed to hospital for life-saving treatment.
John recalls: "Brenda was hanging up stuff in the wardrobe and
she was making a mess of it which I thought isn't like her. Then
she just collapsed on the floor. She was in a terrible state and,
of course, I was in a panic. But I realised what it was
On arriving at hospital, Brenda had all her assessments and
brain scans performed within 13 minutes and had a
thrombectomy operation to remove the clot within an hour of
Brenda recalls: "Obviously, I don't remember much about it
all. What I do know is that the treatment from all the staff
was fantastic. They couldn't do any more for me and now I feel
Husband John was amazed at Brenda's turnaround: "Unbelievable.
There's no other word for it. She went from somebody that was
totally incoherent to somebody who was saying 'I want to go home'.
She appears to be better than before she had the stroke."
Basing their care plan on the National Clinical Guidelines for
stroke, the hospital offers a large team consisting of many
professionals specialising in stroke care.
Staff include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech
and language therapists, dietitians and stroke support workers.
Dr Paul Guyler, lead stroke consultant, said: "Timing is
everything in stroke. Removing the blood clot early saves
destruction of more brain cells."
Pictured (l-r):Prof. Grunwald, Jo, Brenda, John and Dr