Thursday, 3 December 2009


My mother died following a massive stroke yesterday morning so today I would like everyone to forget about climate change, troughing MPs, Nanny States and the EU and for a moment think FAST.

Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?

Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

Time to call 999

If the person has failed any one of these tests, you must call 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need.

Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery. Delay can result in death or major long-term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems (aphasia).

FAST wouldn't have saved my mum but it could save someone else's life.


  1. Sorry to hear about your mum Gigits. We have these FAST posters on a board at the enterance to our block of flats.

    Once again, my condolences.

  2. Cheers Big Yin. Still a bit of a shock but it's the way she would have wanted to go, short, sharp and with the biggest impact possible :)