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Mum suffers devastating stroke aged just 26 and is left struggling to read and write

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https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/ch ... d-19484754

A young mum suffered a devastating stroke at just 26.

Charlotte Humphrey was at home in Crewe on Halloween (October 31) when she suffered the terrifying stroke.

Her fiancé, Dan Baynes, told CheshireLive that she had just arrived home from shopping and had gone to change her one-year-old daughter's nappy when she suddenly fell ill.

The 26-year-old was rushed to hospital where it was found she had a blood clot on the left-side of her brain - doctors are unsure what caused the blood clot.

Speaking to CheshireLive, Dan said: "Charlotte's stroke happened on Halloween after she had come home from shopping.

"She was changing Violet's nappy when it happened and then she was crawling across the room on her knees as she had collapsed and was holding her face.

"She was taken to Leighton Hospital and then was taken to Stoke-on-Trent and came home on Friday, November 6."

Dan, 33, said when Charlotte returned home she was not able to talk apart from answering with yes or no, however he said it has since improved.

He added that the brave mum has also lost the feeling in her right hand and is struggling to read and write.

He said: "When Charlotte came home, she was unable to talk apart from saying yes or no, but her speech has returned in parts.

"She has also has no feeling in her right hand and reading and writing is a struggle.

"It's been stressful, but we are alright. Charlotte is very nervous in front of new people and those she has not seen in a while and going shopping."

Dan said Charlotte is now receiving occupational therapy and has speech therapy five times a week.

The couple said things have been tough financially for the family and said Charlotte cannot claim Personal Independent Payment until three months after the date she had the stroke.

Both Dan and Charlotte work for courier firm Yodel, and were asked by their manager if they could pop into the Stoke-on-Trent depot on Tuesday, December 15.

When the couple arrived at the depot, they were greeted with a mountain of presents.


Their Yodel workmates also donated Tesco vouchers they had been given by the company as a Christmas gift.

Dan said: "We were called and asked if we could pop into the depot and said they had a little something for us.

"So we went up and they had sorted us money for Christmas and had donated their vouchers they usually get off the company to us.

"The manager had also spoke to head office to arrange something.

"They took us into another room and there were around 40 presents for the children all wrapped up.

"We were in total shock and Charlotte was crying happy tears."


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Charlotte Humphrey and Dan Baynes, from Crewe, with the presents gifted by their Yodel colleagues (Image: Dan Baynes)

David Moorhouse, Manager at Yodel’s Stoke-on-Trent depot said both Dan and Charlotte are "cherished" members of the team and he and his colleagues wanted to make sure the family's Christmas was a happy one.

He said: “Both Dan and Charlotte are cherished members of our Yodel family, so when we heard about what happened to Charlotte we wanted to spread some festive cheer and make this Christmas one to remember.

"All of us at Yodel Stoke-on-Trent wish them a very Merry Christmas and we hope their children enjoy the presents.”
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