Stroke

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I really enjoy spending time with my granddad. We have a favourite park bench where we like to sit and catch up – especially on sunny days.

That day when I asked my granddad a question he didn’t answer straight away. I turned to look at him and realised something was seriously wrong.

Looking at him, slumped to one side, the word F.A.S.T came in to my mind, making me think to check for signs of a stroke.

Looking at him, slumped to one side, the word F.A.S.T came in to my mind, making me think to check for signs of a stroke.

Face –the left-hand side of his face had fallen.

Arms – I asked granddad to raise both his arms but he could only raise his right arm- not his left.

Speech – he was trying to talk but I couldn't understand what he was trying to say.

Time - I knew it was time to call 999.

I phoned 999, answered the person’s questions about granddad and told them where we were. I explained how I had used the F.A.S.T test and that I thought he was having a stroke.

While we waited for the ambulance I kept talking to granddad. I reassured him that help was on the way and that he would be okay.

We haven’t taken a walk in the park for a while, but I know doing that F.A.S.T test helped save his life.

Anthony’s granddad was very confused and upset. How would you reassure someone in this situation to make them feel safe?

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Anthony used the F.A.S.T test to help his granddad. What does it stand for?

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The T in F.A.S.T stands for Time. Time to do what?

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