Emmerdale’s Mark Charnock gives stroke warning signs as Marlon Dingle faces illness


When one of Emmerdale’s most beloved characters, Marlon Dingle, caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror next week, he saw the right side of his mouth droop – and his world fell apart.

Marlon – played by Mark Charnock for over 25 years – feels stressed, nauseous, dizzy and disoriented, but like many people who have had a stroke, he doesn’t think about it.

The drooping face is one of the first signs to the story, and next week’s heartbreaking drama will be the start of a massive new plot that will span months as Marlon and his new fiancée, Rhona , has to deal with his illness.

Someone has a stroke in the UK every 5 minutes, with more than 100,000 people affected each year.

Mark and the soap bosses hope the tough storyline, created with the help of the Stroke Association, will raise awareness of how a stroke can affect more than just the sufferer. but also their partners, who had to become carers overnight.

Marlon Dingle is taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke

Mark, 53, says: “A stroke is a horror for everyone.

“When Marlon saw his mouth had collapsed, a voice in his head was saying ‘what’s going on with me?’.

“But before he could do anything, he fell.”

Luckily for Marlon, his daughter April returned to find him a few minutes later and called an ambulance.

“Time is important and the key is the acronym FAST – very important if someone is having a stroke,” says Mark.

“It addresses the problem of Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Difficulty Speaking and Ringing Time of 999. It makes a huge difference if a patient is treated within four and a half hours.”

Marlon Dingle [MARK CHARNOCK] and Rhona Goskirk [ZOE HENRY]

April’s quick-thinking actions ultimately helped save Marlon’s life. The character received an emergency thrombectomy, one of two options available to people who have had a stroke.

This involves inserting a mesh device into an artery in the groin and moving it up to the brain to pull the clot out.

It only works for people who have a blood clot in a large artery.

Another treatment, thrombolysis using a clot-busting drug, was given to 55-year-old chef Chris King, who survived a stroke in May 2016.

He’s one of two survivors Mark spoke to at length to better understand the disease before he started filming, as well as working with the Stroke Association and doctors.

Marlk Charnock talked about the danger signs of a stroke



Chris King, who had a stroke and helped Mark prepare for the storyline



Chris, 55, said: “I was waiting for the train with my ex-wife. She suddenly asked why I was babbling and talking rubbish.

“She realized I was having a stroke and called an ambulance. They tried to help me up, but I couldn’t feel anything in my left leg or arm. Having a blow to the mouth is like being hit by a boxer. “

In Chris’ case, fat built up in his right carotid artery, causing a 70% blockage.

Part of this blockage broke off and lodged in his brain, causing a stroke.

He spent the next 13 weeks in hospitals in Southampton, Margate and Canterbury before being sent to a care home to slowly learn to walk again.

A year or so after the stroke, Chris – whose use of his left arm has never returned – was given a council flat in Kent.

Marlon Dingle is about to go through a serious health crisis

Unable to work, he said he talked to Mark about his experience and his mental battle over the stroke, which he found much more difficult than the physical difficulties. .

Chris says: “I talked to Mark a lot about how it affected my psyche and in a flash, the simplest things like tying a shoelace, putting on a sock and a pair of pants became life-changing challenges. real challenge in life,” says Chris.

“Now I can get up and go from the sofa to the kitchen, but I can’t do what most people do and run to the stores – I won’t get there. It was hard, but overcoming it mentally was even harder.

“I found it difficult and am glad I didn’t lose access to my dominant right arm. I don’t think I can cope.”

Chris now volunteers at a local social enterprise, The Checkers Kitchen, teaching other stroke survivors how to cook.

He readily admits his stroke could never have happened if he hadn’t led such an unhealthy lifestyle.

That’s something the doctors discussed with him afterward, and he wanted to put a strain on Emmerdale’s production team. “I am a workaholic and my average week is 96 hours,” says the chef.

“I will work from 6 a.m. until midnight. Most sensitive people will go to bed but in the catering industry, rest is an inevitable part of the job. I want a couple of beers that will turn into vodka bottles coming soon.

“You’re asking your body to deal with a lot of things that you shouldn’t be asking it to do.”

Praising Mark and Emmerdale for raising awareness about stroke, Chris added: “I don’t know how your lifestyle can affect your chances of having a stroke like this, so it’s great that Emmerdale is doing it. show this plot.”

For Mark, the bravery of Chris and another survivor he spoke to, Nick Hounsfield, helped him better understand the devastation caused to one’s loved ones when they find themselves becoming caregiver overnight.

Mark said: “I learned a lot and was shocked that it affected so much. “I found the filming of this storyline very emotional and the bravery of the survivors in dealing with their strokes amazing. I hope we can make this story fair.

“I hope it will also get people to stop and think about their own lifestyles and the things we can do to prevent strokes from happening to us.”

* For more information, visit stroke.org.uk. Emmerdale airs on ITV at 7:30 p.m. weekdays.

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