Norwich man’s courage as he walks with the Olympic Torch a year after a stroke

Today will be an emotional occasion for one Norwich man - and his daughter who lives on the other side of the world.

Just over a year ago, Eddie Pleban, 63, suffered a stroke during a flight home from Australia and was given just two days to live.

He had been visiting his daughter Sarah and her family who live in Perth on Australia's west coast.

At the time, his daughter did not know if she will ever see her dad again - and if he would ever walk again.

But today, he will be carrying the Olympic torch through the Royal Sandringham Estate in west Norfolk. For the majority of his leg, he will be carrying the torch from his wheelchair. But for the last 10 to 15 metres, he hopes to be able to get up out of his wheelchair and walk with the Olympic Torch. His daughter Sarah will be watching from Australia on live television - and it will be the first time she has seen him walk since his stroke.

Mr Pleban, who lives in Colman Road on Norwich's ring road with his wife Jeannie, said: 'I'm so excited now. The realisation that I'm actually going to do it has started now.

'It's going to be a very emotional day. The last time I saw Sarah, she didn't know if I was going to make it. It was terrible leaving, we both cried.

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'I'm going to try to give them a wave and mouth 'Hello Sarah', she will be watching live. I've been practising walking in rehab and they have made me a mock torch for me which is the same weight as the Olympic Torch.

'I plan to sit in the wheelchair but then for the last 10 or 15 metres from the end, walk with the torch to the next person to carry the flame.'

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