A STROKE survivor and her fiancé have been recognised for their bravery.
Videographer Donna Watson, 26, had a stroke in February 2013, just five months after giving birth to her first baby girl, Millie Alice.
It left her paralysed down the right side of her body and unable to swallow. Her speech, hearing and vision was also severely affected.
Against doctors’ expectations, Donna, from Peterlee, walked out of hospital using a walking stick three months later, and is aiming to walk unaided down the aisle at her wedding to fiancé Nicky King next year.
She also recently took part in the Stroke Association’s Step out for Stroke fundraising walk in Gateshead, alongside 25 of her close friends and family, when she walked the whole mile course with the aid of Millie Alice’s pushchair.
Her sister Lyndsey, who was among those who nominated Donna for the Adult Courage award from the Stroke Associaton, said: “She is an amazing mother and inspiration and she is positive she will lead a normal life again.”
Donna’s fiancé Nicky was also recognised with a Carer Award. Donna said: “When I had my stroke, I called Nicky who found me at home and called 999. He travelled 40 minutes every day to visit me in hospital with Millie, and helped me with my speech and coordination. When I returned home, Nicky walked with me daily and helped me with my exercises, cooking me healthy meals and helping me and Millie get ready each day.”