Susan moves forward after her stroke

09 March 2005

Five years after a severe stroke patient, Susan Wintour, has defied all odds and is back doing what she loves the most – painting.

Five years after a severe stroke patient, Susan Wintour, has defied all odds and is back doing what she loves the most – painting.

Susan suffered a severe brain stem stroke five years, which left her extremely disabled. At first she was unable to move any part of her body and could only communicate by blinking.

Through the help of the hospital’s physiotherapy team Susan has made a good recovery and taken up painting again. She will be exhibiting her work at the hospital from 7th – 20th March.

Susan is a trained artist and studied a Fine Arts degree at Camberwell Art School. Her work will consist of pieces she completed before her stroke with more recent watercolours. She is donating any money she makes to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Stroke Unit, Hospital Arts and the Different Strokes charity set up for helping young stroke survivors.

Senior Physiotherapist Esther Palmer said: ”Susan’s sheer will and determination throughout her period of rehabilitation has been inspirational. We are so pleased she has made such a good recovery and is now able to take up her passion once again.”

Susan said: ”As well as hard work on my part I couldn't have come this far without the terrific help and encouragement I have had from the team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.”

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