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Art student’s determination to succeed
04 February 2014

Art student Alex Osborne was just 25 and in the third year of his art degree when he suffered a stroke which affected his right side.

While he was on our stroke unit right handed Alex’s determination and the support of the team helped him to try using his left hand for his art work.

The colourful result has spurred him on and he went home determined to practise using his left hand and go back to UCS in Ipswich in September to complete his degree.

Describing the painting as “a start” he plans to keep it as a reminder of his first attempt as he hopes to improve his left hand skills.

Alex said the stroke team on Shotley were “very helpful and a pleasure to be with,” encouraging him to progress.

Ward sister Diane Coe said “He’s done splendidly. With perserverance and a great deal of patience he has done very well.”