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An advertising campaign which has worked!

Postby bobbyoscar » 10 Apr 2014 09:52

For the past couple of weeks, amongst the usual TV adverts, there has been one promoting Health Care – namely signs to recognise in Stroke victims.

Thankfully, for our family, a group of people had seen the advert and knew what to do should the occasion arrive.

On Monday evening, my brother in law rang to tell us that our niece was waiting in a restaurant for some friends to arrive when she suffered a stroke. I should mention here that she doesn’t fit the age profile of a ‘normal’ stroke victim being only 25 years old.

Some people on the next table in the restaurant (who later mentioned that they had seen the TV advert), immediately phoned for an ambulance and within 6 minutes the paramedics had arrived and she was on her way to a specialist Stroke Unit. On admittance, she suffered a further stroke.

She seems to be making a good recovery, she was able to text me yesterday although we have been advised not to visit yet as she is spending a lot of time sleeping.

We are all in a state of disbelief but just so thankful that the ‘signs’ weren’t ignored but acted upon thanks primarily to a TV advert.
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Postby Barry » 10 Apr 2014 09:57

Firstly hope your niece is doing well and being only 25 is strong and able to make a full recovery.


Just goes to show, occasionally some of the 'health awareness' adverts do work, if it be for recognising a stroke or someone having a heart attack to awareness of signs of cancer, for once as you say, thank goodness for a TV ad :!:

.... and well done the people who came to your nieces assistance.
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Postby JollyJill » 10 Apr 2014 10:04

I am a great believer in medical advertising campaigns Glynis because I think that so many people are unaware of what to do in such a situation. The vast majority just leave it to 'the experts' as they see it. However, if we can do our bit beforehand by calling an ambulance if we feel a situation warrants it, then we too can save a life.

I'm pleased that someone was around to spot that your niece needed immediate help and called for an ambulance. I hope she makes a full recovery.
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Postby grannyM » 10 Apr 2014 10:11

I too am pleased to hear that your niece is recovering Glynis. What a shock for the family but thankfully, as you say, there were people who recognised what was happening to her.

Yes, 25 is out of the normal age profile but many years ago our friends' son suffered a stroke at 28. He did need some physio but made a full recovery and is now nearly 45.
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Postby bobbyoscar » 10 Apr 2014 17:17

Thank you all for your concern, it's much appreciated. I've just tried to ring her mum but no answer, I can probably guess where she is.

Marie, good news about your friends' son, fingers crossed that this outcome is positive too.
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Postby judgegeoff » 10 Apr 2014 17:25

I think that that particular advert is very good - it really explains how to recognise the symptoms and, importantly, how swift action can minimise the effects. It must have saved many lives as well as ensuring many people received medical attention which would allow a full recovery.

We all hope that your niece makes a full and swift recovery Glynis.
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Postby octocruiser » 10 Apr 2014 19:59

That is a dreadful trauma both for your niece and the family. When I see that ad I am usually thinking in terms of keeping an eye on the older generation where such an event is much more likely to happen. Thank goodness those people were quick thinking enough to recognise the signs in a much more unexpected setting.

It is heartening, too - we see far too many stories about people who 'pass by on the other side of the road '.

You do wonder sometimes whether these ads have any effect, but this one has surely made itself worthwhile.

I do hope she makes a complete recovery.

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Postby CGBOWLER » 11 Apr 2014 00:15

I'm so sorry to hear about your niece Glynis, Such a young age.
I hope she swiftly makes a complete recovery.
Very fortunate that there were people present who recognised what was happening and that she needed an ambulance.
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Postby bobbyoscar » 11 Apr 2014 06:41

Thank you all again for your concerns. I managed to speak to my SIL last night who tells me that she is making a remarkable recovery and they are hoping to discharge her later today. She then has to return in 2 weeks time for all her results.

She has to have people with her to 'oversee' what she does, just in case......
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Postby Borneo » 11 Apr 2014 08:01

My daughter when in her 30s kept having funny turns as she put it , like talking to someone and talking utter rubbish and not making any sence . This happened on three occasions , also had other things tingling in arm and vision and severe head ache after . Luckily doctor sent her on the last one imidiatly to hospital . Where they diagnosed transient strokes . After a lot of tests the hostpital diagnosed she had a kink in her main artuary in her neck . Major operation to remove the kink . Worst day of my life as the operation took over 8 hours ,she was then in intensive care . 10 or so years later and all seems fine .
So yes the advert is much needed and the early signs should also be taken notice of .
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