Navy chef battles back from stroke

Peter Kenny (right) who has recovered from a stroke
Peter Kenny (right) who has recovered from a stroke

A ST Helens dad-of-two has told how he turned his life around after suffering a devastating stroke.

Peter McKenny, who works as a chef for the Merchant Navy, was away at sea when he collapsed two years ago.

The 46-year-old was initially told his chances of survival were low but has gone on to astonish doctors with this recovery.

He’s now back working, spending long hauls away from land with the Merchant Navy.l

“The prognosis I was given was bleak,” said Mr McKenny, who is from St Helens.

“I was advised that I might not recover enough to return to work.

“I was convinced my life was over and was really down in the dumps, so I contacted The Stroke Association.”

He spoke to Marie Powner, the charity’s information, advice and support coordinator who works with stroke survivors, their families and carers to help them in the transition back to life after a stroke.

Mr McKenny added: “She gave me advice and information which was really useful, but she also gave me real hope that things aren’t all doom and gloom and things would get better.

“That emotional support was so helpful during a difficult time.”

Such is his progress, he is now back at sea for long spells, but has also found the time to marry long-term partner, Ruth, while the couple have their hands full with two young daughters, four-year-old Ruby and Emily, 2.

He and his family have recently given back to the charity which supported them in their stroke journey by participating in the Step Out fundraising walk for The Stroke Association at Taylor Park in May.