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Stroke man has better vision, forgets French

Stroke man has better vision, forgets French
9th September 2009

A man no longer needs glasses to see finer details after being hit by a stroke.

Malcolm Darby, a 70-year-old from Rutland, has had damaged sight since the age of two when he had measles, though surgery following a blood clot-led stroke restored his vision to near-perfect standards.

Originally he was paralysed and unable to speak, though he can now talk again and walks four miles a day, but has completely forgotten how to speak French.

Research liaison officer at the Stroke Association Joanne Murphy said the effects of a stroke relate to qhich part of the brain has been damaged, adding that she often hears of stroke survivors who have double vision or lose half of their sight.

She continued: "But it is unusual to hear of someone whose vision has got better following a stroke.

"However, we do hear about survivors who have developed new skills after their stroke."

According to the Stroke Association, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke each year.

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