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Sunday 21 September 2014

Stroke superheroes soar away with top honours

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Published 04/12/2013 | 02:30

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Jack Hersee (8), from Arklow, Wicklow; Alan Gleeson (21), from Ballymore Eustace, Kildare; Grace Manning (13), from Rathfarnham, Dublin; and Clara Le Blanc (4) from Howth, Dublin. Mark Stedman

A YOUNG woman who is completely paralysed after a series of strokes, but inspires others with her courage and good humour, has been honoured for her heroism.

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Lynsey Cribbin (22) from Finea, Co Cavan, suffers from Locked-in Syndrome and is now restricted to facial movement only.

She communicates using eye movements and eye-gaze computer technology.

Lynsey received the Irish Heart Foundations's Young Person's Courage Award, at a ceremony in Dublin yesterday, where young stroke survivors were honoured.

Eleven awards were presented by RTE star Marty Whelan, children's TV presenter Diana Bunici and Monaghan Rose and stroke physio Eleanor McQuaid.

Dr Jacinta Morgan of the National Rehabilitation Hospital paid tribute to Lynsey, saying: "She retained her unique sense of humour and deep courage through an exceptionally difficult journey of recovery which continues."

Clara Le Blanc (4) from Howth, Dublin, was the youngest winner. Also honoured was Jack Hersee (8) from Arklow, Co Wicklow, who suffered a stroke three years ago when he fell down the stairs.

He had to go back to basics and learn how to walk and talk again, winning the admiration his family. His father, Brian, revealed: "Jack is back in school and he wears a splint because he still has a left side weakness but he takes it all in his stride."

Irish Independent

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