A young stroke survivor has been recognised for her unwavering dedication to raising awareness of stroke and improving the lives of others, winning a 2019 Stroke Foundation Stroke Award. |
Thirty year old Stephanie Ho from Darlinghurst was named the winner of the Improving Life after Stroke Award at a ceremony in Melbourne.
The award celebrates the stroke survivors, carers and members of the public who voluntarily dedicate their time to improving the state of stroke in the community.
A stroke at 22 left Stephanie unable to walk, speak and write, but with the help of a team of health professionals, her loving family and plenty of determination she has recovered. Stephanie has since returned to work and turned her attention to helping others.
Stephanie participates in stroke and rehabilitation boards, guest lectures to allied health students at universities, gives talks at schools and regularly visits hospitals to support other young stroke survivors.
Stephanie said she was honoured to receive the award.
“My stroke changed me utterly and completely. It made me a stronger, more determined and empathetic woman,” Stephanie said.
“I am passionate about championing a patient-centred approach in the health system. I also want to raise awareness that stroke can happen at any age, even in your 20s, and that knowing the F.A.S.T signs of stroke can save a life.”
Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan congratulated Stephanie on being named as Improving Life after Stroke Award recipient.
“Stephanie is an inspiration. Her recovery from stroke and her drive to use her own experience to improve the health system and ease the burden on others is truly remarkable,” Ms McGowan said.