Greenwich student spots dad's mini stroke thanks to St John
Ambulance first aid training
Munazah Abid, a student at the University of
Greenwich, who is also a volunteer first aider says she spotted her
dad was having a mini stroke thanks to her first aid training with
St John Ambulance.
As a Fresher, Munazah joined her university's first aid LINKS
unit and says that 'volunteering for St John Ambulance has been one
of the best decisions I've ever made.'
Around Christmas time, Munazah was at home with her family in
Thornton Heath, Croydon, when her dad mentioned he had blurred
vision. The symptoms quickly eased, but over the next couple of
weeks, her 67-year-old father displayed more symptoms including
muscle stiffness, confusion and forgetfulness.
Realising this was not normal behaviour, despite her dad having
other medical issues, Munazah conducted a FAST test, which helps to detect a stroke. This
came back negative; but, convinced he wasn't well, she continued to
investigate and picked up her first aid manual to check other
Sure enough, it indicated he may have had a series of mini
strokes. She advised her dad to be checked by a doctor as soon as
possible and the following day he was referred to the hospital to
have a scan, which found he had indeed had a Transient Ischaemic
Attack (or mini stroke).
'I just had a gut feeling something wasn't right and I'm so glad
we caught it early. I really do believe my first aid training as a
student volunteer with St John Ambulance gave me the skills and
confidence to do the right thing. Without the knowledge, I really
doubt I'd have taken any action, as the symptoms were fairly
minimal and seemed to ease,' said Munazah.
Munazah's dad is now on long-term medication as a mini stroke
can often be a warning that the patient is at risk of a full stroke
in the near future.
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