Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Thankful for Unexpected Stroke of Luck

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Thankful for Unexpected Stroke of Luck

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Byline: Gail Forrer

FORTY-four-year-old Chris Kay of Doonan probably will never get a definitive answer as to why he suffered a stroke in January this year.

But he is determined to share his experience with others who have felt the same shocking pain.

At the time Chris was 43, an avid surfer and guitar player, a 15-a-day cigarette smoker with perfect blood pressure and cholesterol readings.

For more than 20 years he had full-time employment with Noosa and Sunshine Coast councils. On the day of his stroke he was working for Unitywater as a safety officer when a blood clot in the cortex of his brain sent his life on a different turn.

On Saturday, January 24, just before 6am Chris prepared himself for the short trip from his home to a job at Rene St, Noosaville.

He recalls his eyesight "going sideways".

"It was like I could only see from a 45-degree angle," he said.

He drove to the work site, parked the car and slumped over the steering wheel. …

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