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New surgical technique saves lives of young stroke patients

Matt Crossen underwent a new technique to treat a stroke Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Matt Crossen in his early twenties and when he's not playing football he is working out in a gym. Not the kind of person you'd expect to have a stroke. But just over a week ago Matt was rushed into hospital to have life saving surgery.

Just 48 hours before Matt came into James Cook University Hospital, consultant Dr Rajeev Padmanabhan had to performed the same life saving surgery on another patient in her early thirties.

The procedure in question is a thrombectomy. It involves pulling the clot out of the artery. It is a relatively new technique, and one which carries risks.

Doctors say it's important that people realise strokes can happen at any age. Typical symptoms start with difficulties with speech and weakness and numbness in the arms and in the face.

For more on strokes and how to recognise the symptoms you can visit the NHS website.