A MUM who was 'perfectly fine' shockingly died after rolling out of bed unresponsive.
Zoe Wilson, 42, was rushed to hospital on September 18 after suffering a stroke in the middle of the night.
Over the next few days, the Staffordshire-based mum-of-three had two operations, one to remove a blood clot and another to tackle a bleed on the brain.
But tragically a second severe stroke hit on Friday, forcing doctors at Royal Stoke University Hospital to turn Zoe's life support system off the following Monday.
Her husband Craig, 46, has since described the loss as "very tough" on kids, McCauley, 19, Bradley, 14, and Harvey, 10, with a "distraught" family reeling from Zoe's death.
He said: "We’re finding it very tough. One of our boys has got cerebral palsy, he’s deaf and got some brain damage so it’s hard to communicate.
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"The other two are distraught. We took the children up to the hospital on Sunday morning, to come and say goodbye one last time. It’s been very difficult."
Sarah Joines, 44, said she was "devastated" to lose her younger sister.
She said: "We’re going to miss her every minute for the rest of our lives. I can’t believe my sister’s gone."
Speaking to StokeonTrentLive, Craig said Zoe's heart valves were used to save babies' lives.
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"She would have liked that as she lost a baby at six months pregnant," he explained.
A GoFundMe has since been set up for the funeral, with Craig saying he would sell everything he had to cover the £5,000 service.
A stroke is a life-threatening brain attack, which occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off.
According to the NHS, there are over 100,000 people experience strokes every year in the UK and they're responsible for over 38,000 deaths.
And there are nearly 1.3 million people living in the UK who have survived a stroke – many of whom are now living with disabilities.
Previous research published in The Lancet discovered that strokes are up to 90 per cent preventable.
Signs of a stroke
THE main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST:
- Face – the face may have dropped on 1 side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
- Arms – the person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in 1 arm.
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you're saying to them.
- Time – it's time to dial 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.
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