For most of us, our morning routine of getting up and ready for the day is uneventful. It might even pass by without remembering what you did!

But for Kelly, the morning of her stroke was anything but routine. And thanks to the latest in stroke research, Kelly is able to share her amazing story of survival.

“I remember thinking something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t register what was happening, or make myself stand up,” she says.

Bruce heard the thud of Kelly’s arm on the basin. Recalling the moment Bruce walked into the room asking, ‘What are you doing?’

Kelly continues, “I remember turning to speak to him, and seeing the fear on his face. And then he disappeared. And I thought, ‘Well you’re helpful!’ But he was running to get the phone…”

Thankfully, Bruce recognised the signs of stroke. Facial droop. Arms not able to lift. Speech slurred. It all told him there wasn’t much Time. He acted F.A.S.T. and called triple zero, and within minutes, the Stroke Ambulance was on its way to Kelly!

The stroke ambulance is the first of its kind in Australia. It’s a rapid-response ambulance with the latest stroke diagnostic technology built-in, and is staffed by a stroke nurse, radiographer and stroke neurologist.

Best of all, with a CT scanner on board, people can be assessed immediately – instead of waiting until they get to hospital – and receive treatment that gives them the best possible chance of survival and recovery.

Or as Kelly says, “The stroke ambulance saved my life, there’s no doubt whatsoever. The mobile stroke unit is my saviour.”

The life-saving treatment Kelly received in Australia’s first Stroke Ambulance was made possible by investment in stroke research – with gifts from Australians just like you!

Right now, research teams across the country are searching for the next breakthrough that prevents stroke – or beats it for good – at a moment in time when great advancements are within reach.

While emergency stroke treatment has significantly improved, we still need breakthroughs in vital areas including stroke prevention and recovery. With your support, the research we fund will work to find the right keys to unlock the door to brain recovery. And for young adults with stroke, like Kelly, this investment is critical.

Young adult stroke is on the rise in Australia with around 18 strokes a day impacting Australians aged 35 to 54 years. We don’t want to miss this vital moment in time to undertake targeted research into stroke in young adults.