Stroke victim’s half-marathon joy

Kind-hearted care home staff helped Elizabeth Barber cross the finishing line of a half marathon – two years after the keen runner was told she would never walk again. Sporty Elizabeth, 72, suffered a life-changing stroke at her home in August 2016 and was found slumped at the bottom of her stairs by a friend hours later.

Left paralysed and unable to speak, medics feared she would not recover.

But after extensive treatment at a Bupa care home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Elizabeth began to slowly regain her strength, co-ordination and mental aptitude.

Fit before the stroke, Elizabeth had completed four marathons – taking part in her first aged 58.

But it was only while helping Elizabeth through her recovery that the nurses realised her love of running.

On learning...
source: Express

2018-06-13 18:20
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