In the time it takes you to read this, someone in the UK will have had a Stroke. Sufferers are usually over the age of 65 but anyone, including babies, can suffer (source: Stroke Association).
A team in Christchurch New Zealand is developing a revolutionary technique for the early diagnosis of predisposition to Stroke. They hope that early intervention will mean less people suffering Stroke and all the consequences for the sufferer and their family.
Frances Nicholson is a final year Medical Student at Aberdeen University. She grew up in the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset and has spent most of her clinical year working in remote and rural locations in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. She has the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and work on the Stroke programme as part of her medical elective. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn first hand about the techniques and then to bring this working knowledge back to the UK.
Frances has managed to obtain some medical funding herself for the placement. And back in Tolpuddle, The Loveless Society, a small society that works to support the educational and training needs of young people, is running a series of fundraising events.
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