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A British woman was left paralysed after a suffering stroke while sitting on a cramped bus for 14 hours in Thailand.
Ashley Macrae, 23, from Scotland, had been on the bus travelling from Cambodia to Bangkok last year when she developed a blood clot in her leg which travelled through an unknown hole in her heart.
“I had spent 14 hours on a bus from Cambodia to Bangkok. I was really squashed and didn’t really move at all during the journey, she told the Scottish Sun.
“I was just there a few hours and started to feel very dizzy. I hadn’t drunk any alcohol but thought my drink had maybe been spiked or I had eaten something dodgy.
“I couldn’t walk properly and my face had started to droop. My friends said straight away that I needed to get medical help.”
“I had no control over my body and I didn’t understand what was going on, she told the Daily Record.
“As soon as I got to hospital they took me for an MRI scan. They said there had been a bleed in the brain and that I’d had a stroke.
“I said, ‘Surely not’. Strokes were something that happened to old people, not people like me. I’m a healthy 22-year-old, I go to the gym, I’m not obese and I don’t smoke.”
Now back in the UK, Ashley has now made a full recovery and is this weekend took part in a 5K run to raise funds for the Stroke Association.
“The money we raise for this charity goes to helping stroke survivors who haven’t had a full recovery who may need help to speak, read or write again, Ashley wrote on her JustGiving page.