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Stroke survivor can't speak, but can sing

Stroke survivor can't speak, but can sing
7th October 2010

Doctors have been left astounded by one singer's on-stage ability after experiencing a stroke.

Professional jazz star Ann Arscott, 47, had a stroke 18 months ago, which left her bed-ridden and unable to speak. While the mobility eventually returned, she still struggles to construct a basic sentence.

Yet up on the stage Ms Arscott can still sing superbly, and recently took part in a concert to raise £1,500 for the Stroke Association.

Doctors have diagnosed aphasia, a condition where the stroke has damaged the section of the brain that controls speech - but singing linked to music is generated by a different, fully-functioning part of the brain.

"I sang jazz and opera all over the world. In Japan and Europe, in theatres, clubs and open air. I will sing again," Ms Arscott vowed.

Stroke survivors in Boston recently revealed how an exercise class has helped them to regain their mobility.

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