It’s been more than three years since Paul Elliot suffered a stroke at the age of just 33.
Paul was cared for by the team in the stroke unit at the University Hospital of North Tees.
He and his family will always be grateful to the team for everything they did.
He said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone on ward 41 who looked after me when I was rushed in after suffering a stroke in January 2017.
“Without their exceptional care and expert knowledge, my story could have been a very different one.
“From the on-call consultant via an iPad, to the nurses who were with me right throughout that first night. To the healthcare assistants who monitored me constantly and made sure I was okay, to the porters who wheeled me to every test and procedure I had to go to.
“I will be eternally grateful to every single person, not just on that ward. But working right throughout North Tees Hospital. There are far too many to name.
“The NHS should be renamed to the National Heroes Service as that is what they are all to me”.
Paul has since created a successful blog about his journey of recovery. So successful in fact, that it’s won an award at the Stroke Association Awards.
Jodie Savage, Paul’s partner (pictured with their son Noah), works at the trust as an enhanced care co-ordinator. She knows too well the excellent care he has had.
She said: “If it wasn’t for the amazing staff from the very beginning to the end of Paul’s journey we wouldn’t have our amazing family unit today.
“I would like to say a special thank you to each and every person who cared for Paul when he had his stroke. I am proud to be part of the NHS.”