Paramedics rushed a man to hospital after saying that excessive yawning could be a sign of a serious illness.
Brian Dempster, 61, ended up in hospital for five months after being rushed in by paramedics, reports DailyRecord.
Brian was yawning during the evening last October as he sat at home with wife Margaret.
Margaret said Brian didn't seem right and their son suggested calling an ambulance.
When paramedics arrived, they told Margaret that Brian's yawning was a sign that he was having a stroke.
Margaret said: "He didn't seem right, but it was just the yawning. Then we were on our way to hospital at 12 o'clock at night.
"I had no idea that Brian yawning would be such a big deal, I just thought he was tired but then it turned out to be much more serious."
The Stroke Association lists fatigue and tiredness as a side effect of stroke. People who have had a stroke may yawn excessively. Clinicians believe it is because it may help the body to regulate and reduce brain and core temperature.
Dad-of-four Brian was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where a terrified Margaret was told he would either recover, partially recover or die.
Brian spent five months undergoing treatment. In that time, Margaret was only able to see her husband twice due to Covid restrictions.
In February Brian was moved to a care home where he is monitored 24 hours a day.
Margaret said: "This came from nowhere. He was a hard-working person before his stroke. His right side is badly affected and he babbles, even though he knows what he is saying. But he tries hard to communicate with his family.
"It's sad seeing him like that, confined to a bed or a wheelchair. His sons find it hard to visit.
"But Brian is a fighter and he always has been."
Margaret is now going through what she describes as the 'toughest time of her life'
She said: "I'm in my house myself at night and it's hard because he's missed a lot. He's missed our anniversary, Christmas and our kid's birthdays.
"We were always together so its really hard trying to adjust to everything.
"I still can't believe that yawning was the start of this."
Brian's family want to buy him an adapted chair that will allow him to socialise with others at his care home.
John Watson, Associate Director of the Stroke Association in Scotland, said: "It’s crucial that a stroke is recognised as quickly as possible so patients can get the emergency care they need by calling 999.
“The FAST test can spot some of the most common symptoms of stroke. They are Facial weakness, Arm weakness and Speech problems. However, each stroke is different and there can be other signs, so it’s important that if you suspect a stroke, to treat it as a medical emergency – Time to call 999."
You can donate to Brian's fundraiser here - https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-brain-get-a-special-adapted-chair.
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