Medical Biochemistry student graduates with Honours after suffering stroke

A tenacious student managed to graduate from The University of Manchester despite suffering a medical emergency during her final year.

Jessica Buckle is a Medical Biochemistry graduate who bravely battled to recovery from a stroke in the middle of her final year, which temporarily affected her mobility and sight.

Luckily, her sight came back after a week, but it still took eight weeks for her full mobility to recover, enabling her to walk independently once again. Reflecting on her journey, Jessica committed to completing her degree and graduating whilst on her recovery journey.

She said: "The last semester of final year was completed from my family home in Euxton where I balanced recovery and my studies as best as I could, I contemplated deferring the year but I could see the finish line and I was so determined.

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I would like to raise awareness of strokes in the younger generation as I had no idea younger people even had strokes at my age. I am so grateful for all my tutors and professors that helped me throughout this time at The University of Manchester and I am so thankful to be graduating with a 2:1 and lots of friends for life.


"My time at Manchester has been a wonderful experience meeting so many friends that I will keep and have for the rest of my life.

"I would like to raise awareness of strokes in the younger generation as I had no idea younger people even had strokes at my age. I am so grateful for all my tutors and professors that helped me throughout this time at The University of Manchester and I am so thankful to be graduating with a 2:1 and lots of friends for life."

Strokes are a serious life-threatening medical emergencies resulting from interrupted blood supply to the brain. According the UK’s Stroke Association , strokes occur 100,000 times annually in the UK, once every five minutes - it also ranks as one of the leading causes of death and disability.

A study conducted as part of World Stroke Day 2022 found a sharp increase in the incidence of stroke in young adults, in a study of more than 94,000 people in Oxfordshire.

For further resources please visit: www.stroke.org.uk

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