A dedicated wife whose husband had a near fatal stroke is hitting the road and taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon at the end of the month to raise funds for the Stroke association.
Caroline Peart, 42, was inspired to run the Marathon on April 22 after her husband Graeme was given just 48 hours to live in 2013 as a result of a brain stem stroke.
A mother to two boys Eden, 12 and Josh, nine, Caroline said: “Both Graeme and I had high-flying jobs, and Graeme used to work all the time in sales. One Sunday he was downstairs on the sofa when I heard him shouting that he couldn’t move. He had pins and needles everywhere, and knew he was having a stroke. He grabbed my hand and told me he loved me and the kids, before he collapsed on the sofa.”
Paramedics took Graeme straight to the hospital where Caroline was told he’d had a brain stem stroke and that there was no hope. She was advised to bring family to say goodbye, as he had just 48 hours to live. However, against all odds, Graeme survived. Initially he could only move his eyelids, but he slowly started to come around and was talking again six weeks after his stroke.
Caroline recalls: “Doctors thought it was a miracle. Graeme’s stroke has left him with severe paralysis and he is now wheelchair bound and partially blind. We care for him around the clock as he has been completely stripped of all his independence. I was part of a running club before Graeme’s stroke. Now I don’t have the time; I work, I look after the kids and care for Graeme. But the London Marathon was something I always wanted to do.”
To sponsor Caroline visit the ww.justgiving.com/fundraising/caroline-peart website for further details.