6 May 2009

Snooker star on road to recovery one month after stroke

Snooker star, Dean Reynolds is showing signs of recovery thanks to rapid treatment he received from staff at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals when he suffered a stroke last month.

The stroke caused Mr. Reynolds to lose all feeling in his left side, paralyzing the hand that once made him the seventh best snooker player in the world.

The 46-year-old, dad of one collapsed at his home in Sheffield after watching the Grand National on April 4th.
“It all started when my hand started to feel numb that morning,” explained Mr. Reynolds. “Later on, the sensation got worse and soon I wasn’t able to lift myself up. When my landlord found me I was taken to the Northern General Hospital.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals stroke services have recently been placed among the top stroke services in England for clinical care in a national report published by the Royal College of Physicians (23 April 2009).
Mr. Reynolds said: “I have made a great deal of progress during my time at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, the treatment has been excellent and the exercises that I have been working on with the physiotherapist have helped me get some movement back.”

Mr. Reynolds is more determined than ever to get back to the table as the World Snooker Championship, held in Sheffield, came to an end this week.

“I do hope that in time I will be able to play snooker again, although it may be like starting from scratch if I have to use my right hand rather than my left which has been most affected by the stroke.”

Amanda Jones, Stroke Nurse Consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘I am pleased to say that Dean is going from strength to strength. Sheffield continues to provide a high quality service for its patients and carers and we are in the process of further developing our stroke services to provide an even better service in the future, with the development of a new acute pathway and hyper acute stroke unit to ensure that stroke patients receive the best chance of making in many cases a full recovery.”

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