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Wereham’s Rik helps wife fight back after suffering stroke

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A West Norfolk husband who has helped his wife prove there is life after a stroke has received an award for his courage.

Rik Thornton was honoured for the role he plays in caring for wife Vik when he received a regional Life After Stroke award from the Stroke Association.

The couple, from Wereham, had their lives turned upside down when she had a stroke in May 2011 at the age of 38. It was caused by an unknown congenital heart defect, during surgery she underwent following a miscarriage.

Mr Thornton gave up his job as a plant operator, to become her full time carer.

He supports her physically and emotionally helping her every day with washing, dressing and eating, as well as encouraging her to take part in activities and make the most of their lives together.

He said: “It is quite humbling to receive the award. To be honest half the award should go to Vik. Because she wants to get better, it makes my job as carer much easier.”

Gemma Smith, the charity’s communication support coordinator, who nominated Mr Thornton, said: “Rik’s a lovely caring person and his devotion to his wife is obvious.

“He always puts her needs first and ensures they live as active and full a life as possible. He is a wonderful husband and carer and all who meet him are humbled by his immensely positive attitude to the huge change in their lives.”

The nominations for the 2014 Life After Stroke Awards are now open. For more information visit: www.stroke.org.uk/lasa

 

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