The life of a Cheshire father was torn apart, suffering a sudden and severe stroke while in bed at the age of 48.
Mark Paterson led an active life, taking his eight-year-old son Jamie mountain biking, hiking, and even paddling around Delamere before suffering a major stroke in bed on September 2, 2021.
Mark would spend the next month at Leighton Hospital in Northwich and not see his wife and son due to Covid restrictions.
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His left arm was completely paralyzed and a severe weakness in his left leg meant that he could only walk short distances with the help of a cane.
The single father and competitive field archer started a gofundme page after his son told him he missed most of the bike rides the couple shared.
Without the left arm, Mark would have to use a special recumbent tricycle, a piece of equipment that can cost over £ 4,000.
“I said to him on Saturday: ‘What would you most like to get back?’ And he said ‘bikey bikey’ – that’s his nickname for our bike tours – so I started looking for ways, ”said Mark CheshireLive.
“There is a bike shop in Cuddington that sells the tricycles, but they cost about four grand. I have reduced sick pay and I couldn’t afford it.
“I’d feel a little cheeky if I asked for the full amount, so I’d like to raise fifteen hundred. Any excess funds will go to Different Strokes. They are a charity focused on helping stroke survivors who are at work . ” Age.”
Mark says he’s proud of the way his young son coped with his father’s illness and that spending time with his family has been a huge help in his recovery.
“He’s getting on very well with it,” he said. “He saw me before he went to bed and then he saw the ambulance in the morning and I was gone.
“Psychologically, being at home with them was a huge improvement … 50 percent of your recovery is your mentality about it.
“It [stroke] Still has the aura of an old person, in Leighton I shared a room with a 28-year-old boy from Winsford who had three strokes. People said I was too young to be in there and I looked over at this guy and thought, ‘If I’m too young, what does it matter to him?
“He was released before me. There was a time when everyone I was in a room kept getting fired, and never me. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
“Then the doctor said I could go home on Friday if I wanted. It was a bit annoying, I thought, ‘I have all the supplies here’, but I had to go home, that wasn’t a question.
“The team at Leighton was great, and now the community team is coming and they’re great. They come three times a week. We just started trying electrical stimulation on the arm, which stimulates and reminds the muscles.” the brain that: ‘Hey, we’re still here’, then the nerve tracts form. “
Mark hopes the recumbent trike will help build the muscles in his legs.
“It’s scary how quickly your muscles deteriorate when you’re in a hospital bed,” he told CheshireLive.
At the time of writing, Mark’s gofundme page has raised £ 660 of the £ 1,500 goal. All excess donations go to Different Strokes, a charity that works with younger stroke survivors.