An inspirational young woman – who suffered a stroke at the age of 18 – has received an award from a leading UK charity.
Charlotte Covey, from Knutsford, was recognised by the Stroke Association for her extraordinary battle to recover from her ordeal 13 years ago.
It was back in 2004 that Charlotte, then poised to start a psychology degree, was involved in a minor car accident.
Tragically the resulting whiplash led to a blood clot developing, which had a devastating impact on her health. The teenager had to teach herself to talk, write and regain the movement down the right hand side of her body.
Despite the gruelling rehabilitation process, Charlotte was able to return to work, learn to drive and has also played an active role volunteering for the Stroke Association.
Earlier this year, she travelled to Westminster to impress on MPs the importance of stroke survivors receiving rapid access to health and social care.
Speaking after her visit to Parliament, she said: “Lots of people think of stroke survivors as elderly, but I was there to prove that it can happen to younger people as well.
“If I had had counselling that would have been so much better for the long term expenses. It was getting their attention, and getting them more familiar with strokes and the effects.”
Diane Warhurst, a support co-ordinator from the charity, felt compelled to nominate the dedicated volunteer for the Life After Stroke Award.
“Charlotte has come such a long way since her stroke and completely grasped life again,” said Diane.
“She is so passionate about issues affecting young stroke survivors and has overcome her fear of public speaking to raise awareness.
“She has spoken to rehabilitation clinicians, stroke professionals and Stroke Association staff, sharing her powerful story to help others.”
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