Wife’s fast action saved husband

Adrian and Shirley Codner
Adrian and Shirley Codner
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A HUSBAND has praised his quick-thinking wife whose middle-of-the-night 999 call saved him while he was having a stroke.

Adrian Codner, 61, tried to get out of bed for a 4am visit to the toilet.

But without any warning or advanced symptoms that a stroke was going to strike, the Hartlepool dad-of-two collapsed.

Wife Shirley, 56, immediately alerted paramedics and her intervention meant Adrian got treatment fast.

He spent 12 weeks on a University Hospital of Hartlepool ward and praised the care he received as “first rate”.

But the effects of his stroke were “life-changing.” Adrian, a retired construction engineering project manager, is now paralysed down his left side.

He can’t use his left arm or hand and has suffered five seizures, one of the side-effects of his condition. He has also had to quit his hobby of playing golf.

But unlike some other stroke victims, his speech has not suffered. And just as importantly, he has a steely will to make the most of life.

He has taken up painting, still attends his beloved Hartlepool United’s home matches and watches live music shows.

He lives with a positive can-do attitude and says: “You have got to have motivation and determination. My view is ‘if you are going to do something, just do it anyway’.

“There is no doubt that the stroke has changed my life but a stroke won’t stop me doing things like going to shows.”

Adrian, of Millston Close in the High Throston area of Hartlepool, recalled the day his life changed forever.

The dad to Gavin Codner, 33, and Helen Codner, 31, said: “It was a Bank Holiday Monday. I was home from my job. I swung my legs off the side of the bed to go to the toilet and I collapsed on the floor.

“All I could think is ‘what is this, what is happening to me. And why is it happening to me?

“I was a healthy man who did not drink, other than a glass of wine with my Sunday dinner. But once I got over the ‘why’, I accepted it for what it was. I was just unlucky.

“My mobility is an issue, but my speech is not affected and my memory is good.”

Medics found the cause of Adrian’s stroke to be an atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat, which is an intermittent problem which could be picked up by a GP or blood pressure test.

He urged other people to get themselves checked out, and a perfect opportunity to do just that is available in Hartlepool next week.

l The Stroke Association will be holding a Know Your Blood Pressure event at Asda, in Hartlepool, tomorrow.

It will be held between 10am-4pm and will give people a chance to find out more about the measures they can take to reduce their own risks.

For more information contact the stroke helpline on 0303 3033100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk