Recovery of stroke survivor

Blacktown Sun

Blacktown resident Raj Singh, 38, is proof that a stroke can affect even the relatively young and seemingly healthy.

Every year, about 53,000 Australians have a stroke - and not only the aged are victims.

Strokes are the leading cause of disability and the third most common cause of death in Australia.

Mr Singh was at a gym earlier this year when an artery in his brain burst.

"I had just started to warm up for a boxing class when I felt dizzy," Mr Singh said.

"I tried getting up, but I couldn't move my right leg and arm.

"I couldn't even talk and I started struggling to breathe."

Gym staff applied first aid and called for an ambulance.

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