Norfolk man, 35, suffers two life-changing strokes in a week - sparked by a sneeze

Dan Needham, 35, of Southrepps, who suffered two life-changing strokes within a week. Pictured at No

Dan Needham, 35, of Southrepps, who suffered two life-changing strokes within a week. Pictured at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. - Credit: Archant

Two sneezes was all it took for Dan Needham's life to be turned upside down.

Dan Needham with his fiance Suzy Young.

Dan Needham with his fiance Suzy Young. - Credit: Archant

The sales engineer, 35, of Southrepps, who described himself as a 'normal healthy person' was driving to work as usual one morning when a sneeze sparked the first of two life-changing strokes.

Mr Needham, a season-ticket holder at Norwich City FC, stopped his car in Antingham as his 'eyeballs were out of control' and he began losing sensations in the left side of his body.

He managed to call his fiance Suzy Young, 32, a physiotherapist, who drove him to the N&N, where doctors told him he had had a minor stroke.

He was discharged, but just three days later suffered a second more severe stroke at home, again prompted by a sneeze.

Dan Needham, 35, of Southrepps, who suffered two life-changing strokes within a week. Pictured at No

Dan Needham, 35, of Southrepps, who suffered two life-changing strokes within a week. Pictured at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. - Credit: Archant


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'It felt a lot worse and more intense the second time,' Mr Needham said.

'It was just completely out of the blue.'

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The strokes have left Mr Needham with damaged vision and he is struggling to walk without a frame.

'My eyesight at the moment is like watching a film at a 3D IMAX cinema without 3D glasses,' he said.

But Mr Needham, who is currently recovering in the N&N's Heydon Ward, is determined to fight his condition and has set up a Facebook page to share details of his recovery to give hope to others in a similar situation.

The page has been viewed by more than 300,000 people, with readers contacting Mr Needham from as far away as USA and Australia.

'I set up the page to tell friends what had happened and to reach out to other people who have experienced something similar,' he said.

'It's changed my life but it's not changed me, so I'll just have to do some things differently from now.

'The response to the page has been amazing.'

The interest has prompted Mr Needham to ask his readers to donate to the Stroke Association.

To see the page visit www.facebook.com/4stroke4life/ and to donate visit www.stroke.org.uk/

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