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Inspirational stroke survivor Clodagh Dunlop backing new awareness campaign

By Lisa Smyth

Published 09/05/2016

Cloadagh Dunlop today
Cloadagh Dunlop today
Cloadagh Dunlop in her hospital bed last year

Inspirational stroke survivor Clodagh Dunlop has pledged her support for a campaign to raise awareness of the condition that nearly claimed her life.

Just over a year ago Clodagh (35) was left unable to walk, talk or even roll over in her hospital bed after a devastating stroke left her with locked in syndrome.

For almost three months, Clodagh, from Magherafelt in Co Londonderry, could only communicate by blinking, although her mind remained completely alert.

However, the young policewoman astounded everyone by walking out of Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast in November 2015.

"I have gone from just being able to blink my eyes when I was 'locked in' to taking a few small steps across the threshold at Musgrave," she said at the time.

"The staff have become my family and are very special people.

"I told the sister in charge that they have all become angels to me. I had a few tears along the way.

"I can't even describe what the feeling was like.

"When I was admitted they asked me what I wanted to achieve, and I said my goal was to walk out of here.

"This is the next step of what will be a long journey. I can't wait to begin it."

To coincide with Stroke Awareness Month, Clodagh is calling on the public to 'Make May Purple'.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke to help anyone affected get medical help as quickly as possible. It also raises much-needed funds for the charity, the Stroke Association.

  • To find out more visit stroke.org.uk/makemaypurple or call 028 9050 8020

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