Emmerdale star Mark Charnock said the soap worked with some “amazing people”, including stroke survivors, leading up to his character’s storyline.
Harnock, who played chef Marlon Dingle on the soap opera for 25 years, collapsed and was hospitalized on the ITV soap opera.
In Monday night’s episode, after the joy of his joint marriage proposal with his girlfriend Rhona, Dingle rushes off to find the engagement ring when his vision becomes impaired.
Upon catching sight of himself in the mirror, the character finds his face slumped to one side before collapsing to the floor.
Charnock, 53, said: “Emmerdale worked on this story with some amazing people, including the Stroke Association, clinicians and survivors, people who actually went through it.”
The episode marks a long-running story exploring the family’s journey following a life-changing stroke.
In a video designed to help identify the symptoms of a stroke, actor Charnock said: “In tonight’s episode we saw Marlon having a stroke.
“Today strokes can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time and they happen every five minutes in the UK.
“50% of survivors depend on others for their daily needs and unfortunately one in seven strokes is fatal.
“Hopefully there is some really helpful information that we can glean from Marlon’s story, the main one being the acronym FAST, we can use this to identify symptoms of a stroke in you or someone else.”
FAST – F stands for Face Weakness, A stands for Arm Weakness, S stands for Speech Difficulties and T stands for Time To Call 999.
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