Family forced to sell house and live off food bank after dad, 45, suffers stroke

Family forced to sell house and live off food bank after dad, 45, suffers stroke

A family are having to sell their home and live off food bank donations after the father, 45, suffered a stroke.

Dad-of-three Carl Malpass, from Rainworth in Nottinghamshire, woke up on the morning of Sunday, October 7 unable to see properly out of one of his eyes.

He said his "life changed forever" in that moment, adding: "I remember I couldn’t see properly from my left eye. I had a terrible headache that extended down the back of my neck.

"The left side of my body felt heavy, with pins and needles in my arm and leg. I was scared, I knew something was terribly wrong."

He was taken to the opticians and sent straight to Kings Mill Hospital shortly afterwards, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

At hospital, it became clear that Mr Malpass had suffered an unexplained transieny ischaemic attack.

While at hospital, he had multiple seizures and a stroke while his wife and three children Kyra 23, Ben, 21 and Charlie, seven, stayed by his side.

The former self-employed joiner has now been left with a restricted blood supply in his neck and severe sight loss in his eye.

He suffers from daily mood swings, anger, anxiety, depression and flashbacks.

He has also been left unable to work and has had to surrender his driving licence and sell his van to make ends-meet.

His wife, Ellen, 42, has said they are now planning to sell the family home because they are no longer able to make the mortgage repayments.

She said: "I didn’t think he was going to make it. He was unconscious for two days, it was awful.

"Since returning home on October 22, he has needed a lot of help and it has been really tough.

"Not just helping him at home but also he earned the money in our family and so it has been really hard since October fiancially.

"We have got behind on all our payments because we didn’t have any money for eight weeks, we are now selling our house because we can’t afford to pay our mortgage. We have also had to use our local foodbank.

"He was such a hardworking fun-loving father and husband and now we have become carers, we just hope he will be able to recover. We are taking each day as it comes."

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Stroke Consultant, Mo Albazzaz, said: “We cannot comment on individual patients but we wish Carl all the best in his recovery.

“The Trust has an Early Supported Discharge team who provide rehabilitation for stroke patients in their own homes following their discharge from hospital.”

A JustGiving page has now been set up by a family friend so the family can afford to make ends meet.

Th money will go towards living costs and any costs needed to help with Mr Malpass’s rehabilitation.

You can donate here.

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