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Stroke cafe helps survivors to thrive – South Wales Argus

THE wife of a Monmouthshire stroke survivor has praised a charity project that has made a “huge difference” in helping her husband bounce back after being struck down in 2016.

Wayne Tucker was 65 when a stroke that May left him unable to speak or fully move his right side.

Instead of enjoying retirement from his work as a dairyman, Mr Tucker, a grandfather, who also helped run his family’s livery yard, found himself in the Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall Hospitals for a total of more than two months.

“The stroke happened during the night. We went to bed as usual, then he woke me up at 5.30am, unable to speak or move his right side,” said Mrs Tucker.

“His mouth was dropping a little too, so I called an ambulance straight away. But there wasn’t anything really they could do as they weren’t sure at what time the stroke had happened.

“He has got a bit stronger and can walk a few steps, but he still can’t speak much.”

After returning home from hospital, Mr Tucker was visited by the Stroke Association’s Phoenix Project co-ordinator Lauren Heath, who leads the charity’s support for people with speech and language difficulties (aphasia) in Monmouthshire.

“He wouldn’t go to the group Lauren told us about to start with but she came over for a few weeks to show Wayne what sort of things they did there,” said Mrs Tucker.

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