Forest Gate stroke survivor speaks out for those lost for words

PUBLISHED: 14:12 16 November 2017

Forest Gate stroke survivor Bobby Saeed, 43. Picture: Stoke Association

Forest Gate stroke survivor Bobby Saeed, 43. Picture: Stoke Association

Stroke Association

A Forest Gate stroke survivor has spoken out about his struggles with speech.

IT consultant Bobby Saeed was left in an induced coma for 10 days after a devastating stroke in May 2013.

Now the 43-year-old is sharing his story to help highlight Lost for Words, a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of the challenges stroke survivors face.

Doctors diagnosed a severe bleed in his brain and warned his family he was unlikely to survive.

“But I was determined to get better because I’m a fighter,” Bobby said.

He awoke and spent three months at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, then a further six months receiving intensive rehabilitation at Northwick Park Hospital, Brent.

All the while he fought through limited movement down the right side of his body and aphasia, a brain condition causing problems with communication.

“I felt really low after my stroke,” he said.

“It was like I was a different person because I couldn’t talk to people in the way that I used to.”

But Bobby battled on, word by word.

He has “gone from strength to strength” after regular visits to the Newham Stroke Recovery and Prevention Service in West Beckton Health Centre, Monarch Drive, said Yusra Uney, a stroke recovery coordinator at the Stroke Association.

“When we first started supporting Bobby we knew just how determined he was to communicate with his loved ones again,” she said.

“I’m so proud of his recovery.”

A stroke is a life-threatening medical condition caused by blood supplies being cut off from the brain.

Around 100,000 of these “brain attacks” take place each year in the UK, the charity says, where more than 350,000 people have aphasia.

“After a stroke, around one in three people like Bobby have difficulty communicating, which can be both terrifying and isolating,” said Yusra.

“But with the right help and support, many stroke survivors are able to find new ways to communicate, and can rebuild their lives.”

The Stroke Association campaign hopes to help survivors who are lost for words find advice and the help they need.

Latest Newham Stories


Essex’s Ravi Bopara was run out from the last ball of their Vitality Blast match against Hampshire at Chelmsford which ended in a tie on Saturday night.

Jamie Porter

It’s been a busy past week and as I progress into my 11th week as the new Mayor of Newham, I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out of important council issues.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 17:24

A late strike from Lily Owsley saw England come from behind to grab a point in their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup opener with India.


Pre-season friendly: Concord Rangers 2 Leyton Orient 3

Yesterday, 12:00

A people’s alliance in Custom House has been nominated for Charity/Voluntary Project of the Year.

Yesterday, 11:30

London Lions have announced that guard Jordan Spencer will begin his professional career in the capital next season.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 10:05

Lakeside boss Will Pottinger admitted they just “didn’t have enough” to go all the way to the Championship Pairs final.

Richard Lawson
Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Met Office

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now