Grantham’s mayor says he will be forever indebted to his wife after she saved his life.
Dean Ward was at his home in the Sunningdale Estate when his wife Flo noticed his speech had slurred and his face had dropped after he had collapsed to the floor trying to go to the toilet at 4am on Friday, January 8.
Immediately realising the symptoms were of a stroke, his wife phoned for an ambulance.
He was rushed into Lincoln County Hospital and then QMC in Nottingham where he underwent an emergency operation.
He has since been discharged, and says he owes everything to the woman he married 31 years ago.
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The 56-year-old told Lincolnshire Live : “I owe her big time. Without her quick-thinking, you would be looking for a new mayor.”
Councillor Ward said he had got up to nip to the loo at about 4am when his legs gave way and he collapsed on the bedroom floor.
His next memory is wife screaming at him: “Dean, you are having a stroke. I am calling an ambulance.”
However, the mayor, who will serve until 2022, says he didn’t believe her at first.
“I thought nonsense. I am Dean Ward. I’m Superman, I’m the highlander and nothing can kill me.
“I was in no state of mind to argue.”
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
Symptoms of a stroke
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.:
- Face – the face may have dropped on 1 side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
- Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in 1 arm.
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
- Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
Causes of a stroke
Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly.
If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death.
There are 2 main causes of strokes:
- ischaemic – where the blood supply is stopped because of a blood clot, accounting for 85% of all cases
- haemorrhagic – where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts
All information courtesy of NHS
An ambulance arrived and whisked him off to hospital in Lincoln, where he immediately underwent a CAT scan.
Results showed a large a blood clot in his head, so the decision was made to blue light Mr Ward to hospital in Nottingham.
There had had an emergency thrombectomy to unclog his arteries and a stem was put in place to make sure they say open.
While admitting he feels “beat up”, he did say he was “glad to be alive.”
Mr Ward said: “It was great service from the NHS, especially under difficult circumstances.”
The mayor is now back home resting up as he begins the road to recovery.
He said: “Going forward they said there are no long-term side effects as it was caught early. I will be on aspirin for the rest of my life, but there is no drama there.”
Mr Ward says he won’t forget about Flo, who ultimately saved his life.
He said: “We own an apartment in Thailand, but when we can go again I am going to treat her to a nice hotel. The Hard Rock – she likes it there.”