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Journalism student opens up on recovery after surviving stroke

Jameel RazakA journalism student who survived a stroke has opened up on his experience as his recovery continues.

Jameel Razak, who studies at the University of Leeds, suffered a stroke in his sleep but initially believed it was just a bad hangover, having gone out with friends the night before.

Jameel, left, had woken up with a splitting headache and sickness, then collapsed, before his symptoms worsened the following day with ringing in his ear, difficulty in hand-eye coordination and numbness to the the right side of his body.

Jameel, 25, was treated for 17 days at the University Hospital of North Tees. Fourteen months later, he has now been able to return to his studies.

He said: “Since I’ve had a stroke, the one thing I’ve noticed is that people aren’t as aware as they should be that young people can have a stroke.

“It’s given me a purpose and I want to create something that raises awareness and educates people, but also to show people in my situation that there’s life after stroke.

“I missed out on a lot last year. I was 23, becoming a lot more independent and doing things for myself. And I had it snatched away in an instant.

“Having a stroke has shown me what I’m made of. I didn’t think I could ever go through something like that and come out the other side a better person, a better version of myself.  My plan now is to finish university and then just live life.”