A former Prescot care worker is looking forward to her wedding after her sweetheart overcame the odds to survive.
Jolene Burns’s fiance Jason Moss was given a 25 per cent survival rate as he underwent a vital operation to remove part of his skull following a stroke in July 2013.
It was a risky op, but his family had no other option - without the procedure, the 46-year-old would have died.
But after a brave battle Jason is looking forward to marrying Jolene, a former care co-ordinator at Local Solutions in Prescot.
Jolene, 34, who has been with Jason for five years, said: “We went to Egypt in July 2013 and Jason got food poisoning. The medication he was given caused red blood cells to stick his arteries together, resulting in a clot.
“Once we were home, he suffered a stroke. He was sent straight to Salford Royal because it was so serious and he was losing consciousness.”
A scan revealed he had suffered a brain haemorrhage and a blood clot developed. We were told that if we didn’t have an operation to remove part of his skull, he wouldn’t pull through. Luckily he beat all odds and his skull has now been repaired with a titanium plate.
“But he had lost everything - he lost his ability to sit up and walk and he still has no use in his left arm. He has slurry speech and gets tired.
“He also has short-term memory problems. Jason has now started walking and he uses a walking pole. His recovery has amazed everyone as he is doing so well.”
Jason, who proposed to Jolene while undergoing treatment, will get married in Wigan’s Mesnes Park’s bandstand on May 9.