The mother-of-two spent a month in hospital after mistaking stroke symptoms for a hangover

Francesca Murray, 45, has been recovering since mistakenly believing her stroke symptoms were actually the result of a hangover after spending a night on the town

Francesca Murray didn't realize she was having a stroke
Francesca Murray didn’t realize she was having a stroke

A mother who dismissed symptoms such as lightheadedness as a hangover later had a stroke and spent a month in the hospital.

Francesca Murray, 45, woke up feeling ill after celebrating a friend’s upcoming wedding, which had been postponed due to Covid.

Thinking it was the aftermath of a fun night out, she took some painkillers and went back to bed.

Later, when she began to slur her words, her friend and bride-to-be Natasha called 999 and Francesca was flown to Cork University Hospital.

Francesca tells Grimsby Live : “We had a session at her home in Ventry and went to bed.

“I got up feeling a little groggy and decided on some pain medication and went back to bed.

Cork University Hospital helped her recover



“Getting sick even a short time later was no different than a bad hangover.

“I couldn’t speak, I was paralyzed on the right side and couldn’t move, I couldn’t swallow, had to be spoon fed and had a catheter.

“I remember the bedside doctors saying I had had a stroke. It was terrible. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

“It gave me a very different perspective on life.”

Francesca uses a walker while learning to walk again



The mother is taking part in a mini-marathon next month to say thank you



Francesca spent the next month working with the stroke and physical therapy teams as she regained strength and underwent speech therapy while battling extreme fatigue.

She was later moved to St James’s in Dublin and now relies only on medication as part of her recovery.

Two years after the June 2020 incident, Francesca is preparing to run a mini-marathon to raise money for the health teams who helped her recover.

Francesca added: “I don’t think I understood the gravity of it.

Francesca says the stroke gave her a “different perspective” on life



“They made me go from one end of the bed to the other and then go to the corridor.

“I only managed a few steps before I needed to rest. Losing my peripheral vision meant that instead of going straight, I had to turn right.”

“I chose to run the mini-marathon on June 5th to raise funds for the CUH charity because CUH are the ones who got me running again.”

Due to the care her mother received in the hospital, Francesca’s daughter Jasmine has now started a career as a nurse.

Glen Arrigan, one of Ms Murray’s Clinical Nurse Specialists at CUH, who treats more than 600 stroke patients annually, described her recovery as “incredible”.

You can support Fran’s fundraiser for the CUH Charity here .

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