A terrible decision of doing neck stretching exercise recommended by chiropractors to let go of stiff neck has cost this singer her singing voice and her only source of earning. Helen Farell, 32 is now on the road to recovery and learning to walk and talk again but getting back to passion and gaining her voice is still a long road ahead.
Woman Wakes Up Terribly Ill, Unable To Move Or Talk After Stretching Neck A Night Before
Helen Farell, 32 suffered a really bad stroke that left her unable to walk or move caused by simply stretching her neck.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Farell shared how she was unable to move her head side to side and nay movement led to unbearable pain in the back of her head.
Farell says that she woke up only to find that she is unable to move her body and later doctors told the professional singer that she had suffered a stroke after tearing an artery.
The Blackpool native said: “I think the stroke happened when I was woken up by my partner the day after stretching.
“As soon as I woke up, this pain in my ear started - it was this loud, tingling, wooshing sound, like tinnitus. I tried to get up but I couldn't walk or talk and I was being violently sick.
“The doctors have now said that I had had a stroke which was from me tearing the main artery going into my brain when I stretched my neck.
“When I was on the ward after the stroke, I tried to sing and I realized I had no control or power or strength in my vocal cords.
“Now I'm back home and I want to get back to normal, the severity of it has hit. Singing is my way of living but I'm having to cancel all my jobs and that's after a year of no singing work because of lockdowns.
“I'm trying my best to stay positive - I'm still so grateful that I can walk and talk now because I couldn't even do that when the stroke first happened, but obviously, I do feel worried and sad that I can't sing.”
Apparently, the stretch that led her to have a stroke happened as she had been recommended to do it by chiropractors after she had been suffering for years with a stiff neck.
Having woken up from her nap to find that her right arm was uncontrollably swaying everywhere and that she was being “terribly sick for about three hours”, she was rushed to A&E.
Doctors told her that she had had a “bilateral vertebral artery dissection”, which triggered the stroke.
Ever since the incident, Helen has been doing therapy and trying to walk and talk again but her singing voice has gone and because of this, she has suffered a loss of hundreds and thousands of dollars.
Normally Helen does 4 to 6 gigs a week and ever since she got sick she has been unable to sing again and so anything else.