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Dad, 51, tells of recovery after Father's Day stroke.

Byline: SHAUNA CORR

A DAD whose wife was expecting their second child when he had a stroke on Father's Day sees it as "a sort of blessing".

Tony Mallon was unaware of his illness until his two eldest daughters found him unable to speak and barely move on June 17 last year.

Tests revealed he had a hole in his heart that allowed a blot clot to travel to his brain, also causing a second stroke a week later.

Tony's speech was badly affected, leading to a loss of confidence and fears it would happen again.

The 51-year-old, from Craigavon, Co Armagh, said: "It might come as a surprise to some but I look back on my stroke now as a sort of blessing.

"It showed me how much my family loves me.

"My wife was pregnant with our son when I had my stroke and so I got to stay at home with her through the duration of her pregnancy.

"Baby Brayden was born on November 9 and I could not be happier."

Tony praised the Stroke Association for helping him to rebuild his life as it was revealed half of people know someone who has suffered or survived the illness.

There are 36,000 stroke survivors in Northern Ireland and 1.2 million across the UK.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 3, 2019
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