Former Coronation Street star Chris Fountain suffers a minor stroke aged 35

Former Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain has said he was left “speaking like a toddler” after suffering a mini-stroke.

The 35-year-old, who plays Weatherfield’s Tommy Duckworth in the long-running series, told the Daily Mirror he spent five days in a hospital in London after waking up at home and being unable to speak exactly in January. 8.

The actor told the newspaper that doctors discovered he had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) – known as a mini-stroke – after a blood clot accumulated in his brain.


Chris Fountain suffered a transient ischemic attack in August (Ian West/PA)

Fountain said: “I woke up one morning and knew something was wrong.

“My mom called me and I couldn’t say a word. I started going around the house looking at things and I could think of what the word was, like TV or fridge, but I couldn’t tell.

“I called 111 on my mom’s advice and they sent me an ambulance, it was scary.


Chris Fountain starred on Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013 (Ian West/PA)

“I feel stupid because I know exactly what I want to say to the doctors, but I can’t speak, I’m talking like a toddler, I’m really embarrassed.”

The 35-year-old said he was in tears when doctors told him he had a TIA.

After days of undergoing tests at the stroke unit at the Royal London Hospital, doctors determined the actor had a hole in his heart that caused a blood clot to travel to the brain, causing stroke. Former Coronation Street star Chris Fountain suffers a minor stroke aged 35

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