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Woman suffers a stroke at young age of 34

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It was neck pain that doctors diagnosed as an ear infection. But Jo Cross had actually suffered a stroke at the age of just 34.

Jo, from Banbury, was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in December 2016 but says she wasn't offered any therapy to help with her recovery.

Now she wants to raise awareness of the importance of rehabilitation for stroke patients and is urging the NHS to offer more support.

Watch this report by Mel Bloor:

Jo Cross attends the gym three times a week in the hope her mobility will one day improve.

It's been a year and a half since her stroke which left her with weakness on the left side of her body and speech difficulties.

Jo Cross attends the gym three times a week in the hope her mobility will one day improve. Credit: ITV Meridian

Yet Jo says not only was not told she'd had a stroke when she left hospital but that she wasn't offered any support with her recovery until her GP spotted the error nine months later.

In a statement, the John Radcliffe Hospital where Jo was treated, said it would not comment on individual cases, but was keen to point out that it had been rated highly for its stroke care in a recent audit.

For Jo though - who feels she slipped through the net - that's of little comfort.

She's now backing calls from the Stroke Association for improved rehabilitation for survivors and wants to raise awareness of strokes in younger people.

Dominic Brand from Stroke Association had this to say:

Despite her ordeal, Jo a former accountant, remains positive about her future and has acquired a talent for painting.

And as well as campaigning for a better understanding of strokes, she sells her artwork to raise money for stroke charities.

Jo has acquired a talent for painting Credit: Jo Cross
Jo has acquired a talent for painting Credit: Jo Cross