Taxi driver’s appeal on stroke campaign

David Feasby makes a full recovery after suffering a stroke. Picture by Richard Ponter 154014
David Feasby makes a full recovery after suffering a stroke. Picture by Richard Ponter 154014

A Scarborough taxi driver who has made a full recovery following a stroke is urging people to know the signs and act FAST.

David Feasby, 71, was in his cab at the train station taxi rank when he realised something was wrong.

He explained: “I’d just got a passenger in the car and I went to rev the engine but nothing happened.

“My brain was saying ‘put it into gear’ but my hand and leg weren’t moving. I asked the lady to take the car behind and my voice was slurred.”

David called a fellow driver over and asked him to call an ambulance. He was receiving help at Scarborough Hospital’s stroke unit within 14 minutes of the call and has since made a full recovery, with his doctor declaring him 100 per cent fit to work. David said: “I knew what was happening to me because I’d read something about the signs.”

An NHS campaign, known as “Act FAST”, aims to inform people of the symptoms to watch out for:

FACE: Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

ARMS: Can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

SPEECH: Is their speech slurred?

TIME: Call 999 as quickly as possible if you see any single one of these signs.