A 23-year-old paramedic speaks after a broken neck caused by a major artery in his spine that has been damaged, resulting in a stroke.
Natalie Kunicki, who works for the London Ambulance Service, was watching movies on the bed with a friend after a night out on March 4 when he stretched his neck and heard a loud crack, Daily Mail reports.
When he stood up to use the bathroom after 15 minutes, Kunicki said he had fallen and could not move his left leg.
The first embarrassed paramedic refused to call emergency services, when he originally mistaken his own symptoms for repenting and he did not want to see his friends "tipsy."
However, Kunicki soon learned something very wrong with him and called for help.
"I am a paramedic and I did not call 999 in 10 minutes because I thought it would probably not be a stroke if I needed to know better," he said. ] These are the symptoms of a stroke:
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An ambulance brought Kunicki to the University College London Hospital where doctors confirmed he had a stroke and needed emergency surgery, according to the Daily Mail.
The patient was transferred to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, which, within three hours of operation, doctors discovered and fixed his burst artery.
"When the consultant told me that I had a stroke, it was surprising," Kunicki says. "The doctors told me that the lifting of my neck caused the vertebral arch to worsen." It was only voluntary and there was a million at a time that it happened. "
Kunicki's left side was fully paralyzed by the stroke. Through physical therapy, he said he got the use of his feet, arms and hands, although he did not describe his movements as "clumsy."
He expects that by speaking about his condition, his story is spreading awareness that young people can also suffer stroke and the symptoms should not be ignored.
"I was called out to many people with a stroke and they are always in their 70s or 80s," Kunicki said. "I have not reached a stroke boy."
"Need to know person that even a child is something simple that it can cause a stroke, "he added.
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