Stroke Patient’s Road to Recovery Leads to Everest

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A stroke survivor is scaling new heights after a serious stroke left her life hanging in the balance.A stroke survivor is scaling new heights after a serious stroke left her life hanging in the balance.

Jeanette Pickup from Stockton Brook has spent three years striving to regain her health, strength and fitness after she collapsed suddenly at home in April 2016. Jeanette is now testing herself to the limit, climbing to Everest Base Camp, to thank the Acute Stroke Unit at The Royal Stoke University Hospital who saved her life. She will be climbing up to seven hours a day for almost two weeks in March, to the base camp at 5,364 metres, as part of an expedition.

Jeanette says “When I collapsed, my partner Warren recognised I was having a stroke and dialled 999, without his quick thinking and the expertise and dedication of the stroke unit, I wouldn’t be here today – so now I want to give something back to the unit and the hospital for saving my life on that awful night."

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger- I am living proof of this, and I hope as many people as possible will help me give back to our wonderful NHS Trust who save lives every day."Jeanette is no stranger to climbing and has conquered Mount Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Scarfell Pike and Mount Toubkal in North Africa, but Everest is her highest challenge to date.

To prepare for the climb, Jeanette has been working with a personal trainer, hiking and using a treadmill. Once in Nepal, she and her team, including a lifelong friend will trek for 12 days, with little sanitation, staying in tea houses and living the Sherpa life en route to base camp.

UHNM Charity Manager Steve Rushton said, “Jeanette is truly an inspirational lady; we are very proud of her at UHNM and wish her well on her expedition.”

Dr Indira Natarajan, a Consultant Stroke Physician on the Acute Stroke Unit, added, “On behalf of the entire Stroke Team, we are totally supportive of such a venture; we would like to personally thank Jeanette and wish her good luck.”

To support Jeanette visit her page on Virgin Money Giving.