A paramedic told how she had a stroke when she stretched her neck and tore an important artery.
Natalie Kunicki, who works for the London Ambulance Service, saw her own symptoms as drunk on March 4 and was initially too embarrassed to call 999.
She was watching movies in bed with a friend after a night out when she stretched her neck and heard a loud bang, but didn't think much about it.
When Mrs. Kunicki, who was living in West Hamspstead at the time, got up 15 minutes later in front of the bathroom, she collapsed on the floor because her left leg was unable to move.
She was rushed to the hospital, where she was told that her vertebral artery, an important artery in the neck, was bursting. This caused a blood clot in her brain and caused a stroke.
Mrs. Kunicki was so shocked that she spent days & # 39; emotionless & # 39; was and is rebuilding her life now. But doctors do not know for sure when and whether they will become fully mobile.
Natalie Kunicki, who works for the London Ambulance Service, saw her own symptoms of a stroke as drunk on March 4 and was initially too embarrassed to call 999
Mrs. Kunicki, pictured during her nurse training in Australia, was watching movies in bed with a friend after a night out while she stretched her neck and a loud & # 39; bang & # 39; heard
Doctors confirmed that Mrs. Kunicki's vertebral artery – an important artery in the neck – burst, causing a blood clot to form in her brain and trigger a stroke. Depicted in the hospital
Mrs. Kunicki said: “People should know that even when you are young, something that can easily cause a stroke.
& # 39; I didn't even try to break my neck. I just moved and it happened.
& # 39; I stretched out my neck and I could just hear this & # 39; popping, bursting, bursting & # 39 ;. My friend asked "was that your neck?" but all my joints are cracking properly, so I didn't think about it. I just laughed.
& # 39; I got up and tried to walk to the bathroom and I was swinging everywhere. I looked down and realized that I wasn't moving my left leg at all and then fell on the floor.
& # 39; My friend had to come for me. He thought I was drunk, but I knew something else was wrong. I thought I was drugged. The date raping agent can cause paralysis. & # 39;
Ms. Kunicki, who moved to the LAS from Canberra (Australia) in December 2017, admits that she was initially hesitant 999 because she did not want colleagues & # 39; s popping up and her & # 39; found.
She said: & # 39; I am a paramedic and I haven't called for 10 minutes for ten minutes because I thought it was unlikely that it would be a stroke if I should have known much better. & # 39;
After struggling to fall asleep again, Kunicki finally put her shame aside and called the emergency services.
As soon as the ambulance personnel started to perform tests, Mrs. Koenicki realized that something was seriously wrong because her coordination had deteriorated and her heart rate and blood pressure were high in the air & # 39; goods.
She said: & # 39; I tried to call 999, but I started talking about it.
Mrs. Kunicki is now rebuilding her life, but doctors are not sure when and whether she will be mobile again. She said she can't walk longer than 15 minutes. Pictured, walking in the hospital
As soon as the ambulance personnel started to perform tests, Mrs. Koenicki realized that something was seriously wrong because her coordination had deteriorated and her heart rate and blood pressure were high in the air & # 39; goods. Depicted in the hospital
Ms. Kunicki, who moved from Canberra (Australia) to the LAS in December 2017, admits that she initially called 999 reluctantly because she did not want a crew she knew would turn up and her & # 39; found. Depicted outside the hospital with her roommate, Emily Nawiesniak, and father, Peter Kunicki
& # 39; I think they initially looked at me as if they thought I was just a classic drunk 23-year-old, but I told them I was a paramedic and I knew something was wrong. & # 39;
After testing, the ambulance team took Mrs. Kunicki to University College London Hospital where it was confirmed that she had had a stroke and needed emergency surgery.
After a blue glance at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Mrs. Kunicki underwent a three-hour operation in which doctors discovered her burst sauna.
While surgeons could repair Ms. Kunicki's artery with a stent, they couldn't remove the clot in her brain, but they believe it will resolve in time.
Ms. Kunicki, whose left side was almost completely paralyzed by the stroke, said the diagnosis was such a shock that she was & # 39; emotionless & # 39; became.
She said: & # 39; When the consultant told me I had a stroke, I was in shock.
& # 39; The doctors later told me that just the stretching of my neck had caused my vertebral artery to rupture. It was just spontaneous and there is a million chance of it happening.
& # 39; I don't smoke, I don't really drink and I don't have a family history of strokes so it's kind of strange that it happened to me when I was just moving in bed.
& # 39; I was just completely closed and tried to calculate what had happened. People said I looked a bit like a robot and didn't show much emotion. & # 39;
This shocking news, along with her mobility that was even worse after the operation, left Ms. Kunicki so low that she told her adviser that she should have & # 39; killed her & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Kunicki said: & I expected that I would wake up from this miracle operation and that everything would be resolved, but my mobility was worse and they could not remove the clot.
& # 39; In the beginning I could not move my thumb and forefinger. I could move my wrist up and down. I could not lift my arm. I could bend my left leg, but I couldn't move my toes.
Natalie underwent a three-hour operation in which doctors discovered her crack artery. While surgeons could repair Natalie & # 39; s artery with a stent, they couldn't remove the clot in her brain, but they believe it will resolve in time. Pictured in the hospital after
Mrs. Kunicki was so shocked that she spent days & # 39; emotionless & # 39; was and is rebuilding her life now, but doctors are not sure when and whether she will be mobile again. Depicted in hospital recovery
Mrs. Kunicki was so shocked at her diagnosis of a stroke that was so young that she was & # 39; emotionless & # 39; and even told a nurse that they should have & # 39; killed her & # 39 ;. Pictured before her resume – she enjoyed staying fit and going to the gym
& # 39; I think I scared my consultant, because after I woke up, she came in to ask how I was, but I told her & # 39; you should have killed me & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Depression is common after a stroke because you lose so much of your independence and dignity. & # 39;
Now that she has recovered some movement and sensation, Mrs. Koenicki feels much better.
By doing daily exercises, she could regain enough movement in her leg, arm and hand.
Doctors can't give an exact timetable for a full recovery, but Ms. Kunicki hopes to be back in work for six to twelve months for & # 39; light duty & # 39 ;.
She said: & # 39; I have found the movement on my left. I can walk, but no longer than five minutes.
& # 39; I'm really awkward. I can't make buttons, I find it too difficult. I can feel it hot and cold now, but I still feel a little numb.
& # 39; Doctors just say things like & # 39; we hope for a full recovery & # 39; and will not give an exact time because they do not want to give up my hope.
& # 39; But I am determined to get back to work as soon as possible. I just love it. & # 39;
Like her determination to return to work, Ms. Kunicki is also committed to raising awareness of strokes among young people.
Even as a health care professional, Mrs. Kunicki was shocked to discover what common strokes on young people and children can be like.
Mrs. Kunicki said she regularly tears her joints, so she didn't think much of it when her neck made a cracking noise. Depicted, healthy and active for her stroke
Doctors can't give an exact timetable for a full recovery, but Ms. Kunicki hopes to be back in work for six to twelve months for & # 39; light duty & # 39 ;. She was flooded with support from friends and family (pictured with gifts in the hospital)
Kennedy is forced to give up her flat because she can't pay the rent and wants to go back to work, which she says she likes. Pictured before
She said: & I have been named so many people who have succeeded and they are always in their 70s or 80s. I have never been to a young person with a stroke.
& # 39; Mine was one in a million, but a ruptured vertebral artery is actually a common cause of strokes in young people.
& # 39; They will be at the gym or do something physical and it will happen. Strokes are also common among children. & # 39;
After her stroke, Mrs. Wilicki was forced to give up her flat in West Hampstead because she could not afford the rent while taking so much free time.
Since her resignation, Ms. Kunicki has been living with her parents, Peter Kunicki, 65, and Anne Kunicki, 62, in Harrow, London. But they will return to Australia in July.
Mick Kunicki's brother, Michael Kunicki (33), has set up a fundraising page for her while they get up again.
Mrs. Kunicki said: & # 39; Eighty percent of the donations come from people I work with, which means so much. I really want to go back to my own flat and I really don't want to go back to Australia. I love my work too much and I don't want to leave. & # 39;
To donate to Mrs. Kunicki's gofundme page, click here.
WHAT IS A BATTLE?
There are two types of strokes:
1. ISCHEMIC BATTLE
An ischemic stroke – which accounts for 80 percent of the strokes – occurs when there is a blockage in a blood vessel that prevents blood from reaching a part of the brain.
2. HEMORRAGIC BATTLE
The rarer a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts, a part of the brain overflows with blood, and robs other areas with adequate blood supply.
It can be the result of an AVM or arteriovenous malformation (an abnormal cluster of blood vessels) in the brain.
Thirty percent of patients suffering from subarachnoid hemorrhage die before they reach the hospital. Another 25 percent die within 24 hours. And 40 percent of the survivors die within a week.
Age, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, family history and the history of a previous stroke or TIA are all risk factors for stroke.
SYMPTOMS OF A BATTLE
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Of the approximately three out of four people who survive a stroke, many will have a lifelong disability.
This includes difficulty walking, communicating, eating and completing everyday tasks or chores.
Both are potentially fatal and patients need surgery or a drug called tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) within three hours to save them.