A woman has been left unable to walk or talk after suffering a brain haemorrhage at the age of just 31. Salma Begum was left in a critical condition after a blood clot burst in her brain, leaving her immobile and without speech.
On March 18, Salma – who lives in Tower Hamlets with her two-year-old son and husband – collapsed after complaining of headaches and vomiting in the days prior. When the ambulance arrived Salma was in and out of consciousness and her heartbeat was concerningly low, so paramedics took her to be treated at the Royal London Hospital.
Doctors told her family that she had suffered a brain haemorrhage after a blood clot had burst in her head. MyLondon spoke to her brother, Foysol Uddin, who described Salma’s blood clot as a “ticking time bomb”. He said: “She was experiencing swelling, that’s what was causing the headaches, and it was only a matter of time before it happened. She really was a ticking time bomb.”
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That evening doctors operated to remove the blood drain and Salma was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Foysol, who grew up with his younger sister Salma and their mother in Barking, added: “It was after that where the complications began, her brain continued to swell and was pushing into it’s stem which is life-threatening.
“It’s heart-breaking, she is such a strong person and to see her in that state is really difficult. It was such a shock to everyone considering how young she is, nothing can prepare you for it.”
Thankfully, Salma is doing much better since the operation and has opened her eyes again and been discharged from the ICU. But her brother shared that she has a “long recovery” ahead after being left immobile and unable to speak.
Nazmin Begum, Salma’s sister-in-law, set up a GoFundMe page which has raised more than £5,000 as a way of showing her support for Salma’s recovery. Hopeful that Salma will be able to decide what the money is spent on Nazim says the family “are blown away by the support and love we have received, truly she is loved.”
Foysol added: “Salma has always thought of other first and been everyone else’s strength in their time of need so to see people’s generosity is so amazing.” Now, neurosurgeons have put a plan in place for Salma’s rehabilitation, her brother adding that she is determined and will “fight through this.”
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