Devoted wife of 'locked-in' stroke victim Gary Parkinson speaks out (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Devoted wife of 'locked-in' stroke victim Gary Parkinson speaks out
4:39pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
THE devoted wife of a former Middlesbrough footballer has been speaking about looking after her husband, three years after he suffered a devastating stroke.
Gary Parkinson, was diagnosed with ‘locked-in’ syndrome, meaning he is aware and awake but cannot move or speak due to complete paralysis of nearly all his voluntary muscles.
The ex-defender, 45, who played for the club during the 1980s, returned home to Bolton seven months ago which his wife of 22 years has had specially adapted to meet his needs.
Speaking to commentator Ali Brownlee at BBC Tees, Debbie Pallister, said: “I never ask “Why us?”. You don’t dwell on that. It’s got to be someone. It’s the way you deal with things that matters.
“I have said I will be there from the very beginning. Twenty-two years ago I said that I would stick with it. What’s thrown at you, you have to deal with. You look forward and don’t look back.”
'Parky', who has now been back at his Bolton home for seven months, was working as a coach at Blackpool when he suffered a stroke in September 2010 and now communicates using his eyes.
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