Eddie ended up on a ventilator in a Dubai hospital and then the acute stroke unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the outlook initially looked bleak for the 61-year-old’s family. But now Christian Eddie is learning to speak, swallow and drink once more after an incredible recovery.
Daughter Louise Hamilton, 36, said: “His first words were ‘I love you’ to mum. They really are helping each other through this every step. Dad is doing amazingly and defying all statistics on brain stem strokes.
“He had his review with the trachyostomy nurse to place a camera down and see if any of the swelling that was there before had gone down. They weren’t hopeful as the last review showed extensive swelling that they didn’t think would ever reduce but were amazed to find there was no swelling left at all.”
Louise added: “The family have bought him a laptop so he can keep his brain active and his spirits are incredibly high, most days. He is such an inspiration. We’re absolutely amazed at his progress and can only say that it’s down to his determination and spirit.”
Pictured top is Eddie Pleban with wife Jeannie and, right, with daughter Louise.