A mother who was “completely fine” shockingly died after rolling out of bed unresponsive.
Zoe Wilson, 42, was hospitalized on September 18 after suffering a stroke in the middle of the night.
Over the next few days the mother-of-three from Staffordshire had to undergo two operations, one to remove a blood clot and another to treat a brain bleed.
But tragically, a second serious stroke occurred on Friday, forcing doctors at Royal Stoke University Hospital to switch off Zoe’s life support system the following Monday.
Her husband Craig, 46, has since described the loss as “very hard” for children McCauley, 19, Bradley, 14, and Harvey, 10.
He said: “We find it very difficult. One of our boys has cerebral palsy, he is deaf and has brain damage so it is difficult to communicate.”
“The other two are distraught. We took the kids to the hospital on Sunday morning to say one last goodbye. It was very difficult.”
Sarah Joines, 44, said she was “devastated” to lose her younger sister.
She said: “We will miss her every minute for the rest of our lives. I can’t believe my sister is dead.”
Speaking to StokeonTrentLive, Craig said Zoe’s heart valves were used to save babies’ lives.
“She would have liked that because she lost a baby when she was six months pregnant,” he explained.
A GoFundMe has since been set up for the funeral and Craig said he would sell everything he had to help fund the £5,000 memorial service.
A stroke is a life-threatening cerebral attack that occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off.
According to the NHS, more than 100,000 people suffer a stroke every year in the UK and they are responsible for over 38,000 deaths.
And there are almost 1.3 million people in the UK who have survived a stroke – many of whom are now living with disabilities.
Previous research published in The Lancet found that strokes are up to 90 percent preventable.
Signs of a stroke
THE most important stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST:
- Face – The face may be tilted to one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eyes may be drooped.
- weapons – The person may not be able to lift and hold both arms because one arm is weak or numb.
- speech – Their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to speak at all even though they appear to be awake. They may also have trouble understanding what you are telling them.
- Time – It’s time to call 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.