Santokh had a devastating stroke two years ago, which left him with limited mobility and severe aphasia. He can only communicate through gestures and the word "hey".
The experience was frightening for his wife Nielam and their children, Rohin and Prianka, and their world turned upside down.
“The first Christmas after Santokh’s stroke was different,” his wife Nielam says. “It was still a lovely Christmas, but there was still some sadness. We missed his voice, we missed his jokes, and we missed his laughing.”
However, Santokh’s stroke hasn’t stopped him doing what he loves. With help from the Stroke Association, he has joined a gym. His mobility has vastly improved, and he can now use over 20 machines, adjusting them himself. His doctor and his family never thought they’d see such improvements in his physical abilities.
“The Stroke Association has helped us along every step of the way,” says Nielam. “The progress he has made has been unbelievable. Santokh is so much more than his stroke. He’s a fighter, and he won’t give up.”
Help more stroke survivors like Santokh find the magic of Christmas
With your support, we can help stroke survivors see that they are more than the physical abilities and self-belief that they may have lost. This Christmas, help more stroke survivors like Santokh find the magic of Christmas again and believe “I am more than my stroke”.