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New stroke group for younger survivors launched in Weston-super-Mare – Weston & Somerset Mercury

The Stroke Association has launched the Young Strokes group which will provide a place for younger survivors to meet and share their experiences.

There are 5,247 people in North Somerset who have suffered a stroke in their lifetime, with almost 150 dying of the condition in 2016, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures show a large number of people who are suffering from strokes in North Somerset are aged between 40-69, with the average age for stroke deaths being 57 years old.

Symon Corns, aged 53, had a stroke in August 2016 while on holiday with his family in France.

The stroke affected movement in the right side of Symon’s body and left him with a communication disability called aphasia.

Symon, who lives in North Somerset, said: “I was on the beach when I had my stroke. I got up to say I was feeling unwell and we really needed to go home when it suddenly started.

“Then I could not feel the right side of my body and could only say the word ‘oui’.

“It has been a long and tough journey, but I am making good progress with my physiotherapy and speech therapy.

Read more at: http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/stroke-association-set-up-young-strokes-group-in-weston-super-mare-1-5427912

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