Act fast says Bill

Thursday, 23 March 2017

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A CLOUGHMILLS stroke survivor has echoed the Stroke Association's call for people across Northern Ireland to be more aware of the early warning signs of stroke, and to share the FAST message to help save more lives.
Bill Lorimer, 61, from Cloughmills survived a stroke in 2016 and is now spreading the word about recognising FAST Test symptoms.
The FAST Test identifies the three most common symptoms of a stroke and the right action to take:
FACE: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
TIME to call 999
Bill said: "I was just making dinner - when I realised I was struggling to mash the potatoes with the masher. I tried to change hands but couldn't. I initially just shrugged off this symptom and sat down to dinner but then I bit the inside of my face and couldn't hold my fork. My wife and son noticed my face had drooped and they did the FAST test.
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