If you are talking with Marco rusterholz (53) below, not to speak that he has only recently learned again. Six years ago, the Zurich suffered a stroke and lost his voice. With a lot of force, he has fought back to life.

It happened one morning in November, in the year 2013. Rusterholz is in his bedroom, would like to dress up and go to work leave. “I opened my wardrobe and was suddenly at a loss before,” he recalls in an interview with LOOK. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. My head was completely empty.” Helpless, he sits down on the bed. His Partner comes into the room and asks why he is still at work. Rusterholz can’t answer him. “I tried to tell him that something was wrong, but the words didn’t come out. I just could not speak.”

“I always thought strokes only have old people”

His Partner responded immediately and brings Rusterholz to Zurich city hospital Triemli. The Diagnosis: Stroke. At the age of 47 years. “I never expected that I could be so young to have a stroke,” says Rusterholz. But he is with this fate alone. Each year 16’000 people suffer from in Switzerland a stroke. 15 percent of those Affected are under 65 years of age.

The majority of strokes are due to a circulatory disorder in the brain caused. Individual brain regions are not sufficiently supplied with oxygen and thereby damaged. Risk factors for stroke including hypertension, Smoking, Diabetes, and Obesity. “Most of these factors applied to me,” said Rusterholz. “Nevertheless, I would not have expected it.” Smoking he had given up five years before his stroke, against the high blood pressure he took daily medication.

In the hospital rusterholz receives thrombolysis. The blood clot in the brain will be resolved with medication. The decision had to be made quickly, because after a stroke, every second counts. The longer he is not properly recognized and treated, the more serious the consequences can be. After a couple of hours rusterholz out with a lot of effort the first word scraps. Very slow and difficult to understand.

“to Me, no words just fell, more a”

Rusterholz’ life was suddenly turned upside down. “On my first night in hospital I lay in bed and thought: I had such a great life and was surrounded by so many good people. And now I’m suddenly here. How do we go from here?”

for Two weeks, rusterholz in the Stroke Unit in the city hospital of Triemli, is treated. There, he feels in good hands – for which he is grateful. “I’m leaving today to go and visit the people that have treated me at that time.” In addition to the Doctors and nurses also Rusterholz’ Partner and his closest friends are not have been always at his side: “Without you I am.”

by Using a speech therapist Ruster learn to speak wood. “She asked me, all the words with “B” say that come to my mind. After three words, I knew no more. I have no more words came easily, no matter with which initial letters. My head was empty.” However, Rusterholz was not defeated. With a lot of ambition and perseverance he exercised in the hospital and during the subsequent stay in a rehabilitation clinic every day, until his hands and reaction skills were better and better. Also the ten-finger system and to Write by Hand, he had to learn new. In the meantime, he has a different handwriting than in the past.

just a few months after his stroke Ruster began to work with wood in his office. First, in a 20-percent workload, he set to and to increase. Since a couple of years, he works back to 100 percent. While he was struggling at the beginning with concentration difficulties, he is now fully operational again. Consequential damage from his stroke, he has suffered virtually no. So he was lucky. Because 35 percent of all cases behind-a stroke can be permanent limitations.

Completely without a trace over the stroke of rusterholz is not gone but. Even if you don’t listen to him, if to speak for the first Time with him: Rusterholz not talk like that any more so quickly as earlier. “It is a constant process. I still train very much.”

“Without my Partner I would not be alive,”

In the six years since his stroke yourself rusterholz has changed’ life. His life-partner he married in the meantime. In addition, he has decreased thanks to a gastric bypass 50 kilograms. Be high blood pressure and sleep apnea are gone. Fear of another stroke, he did not: “I have no fear of death.” You notice that in him. Rusterholz is a positive person: With his fate he had quarrelled, never, he says. “I made the Best of it. Since this happened to me, I live much more consciously. I do everything what I want, and sliding is nothing more in front of me, what is really important to me.”

it is Important that people are aware of strokes. “I might be alive, if my Partner hadn’t responded so quickly, and me to hospital.” Who discovered for himself or someone else, symptoms of a stroke, you should act immediately. “If I could reach through my history, only three people respond faster, it was worth it.”

How to recognize a stroke? to speak

a sudden, often half-sided numbness or weakness of the face, Arm or leg sudden confusion or difficulty, or understanding sudden blurred vision, on one or both eyes sudden dizziness, or balance or coordination sudden, very severe headache,

F (Face): Is paralyzed, the facial muscles unilaterally? A corner of the mouth depends, for example, down?
A (Arms): Is a unilateral paralysis of the Arms? Can, for example, both arms raised?
S (Speech): speech disorders exist? The Affected indistinct or difficult to understand sentences?
T (Time): the necessity of fast reaction to the attention.

you Suspect a stroke, so they ask the Person to smile, a sentence to talk and to raise their arms, advises Fragile Suisse. Only one half of the face, the language is unclear or can’t lift the Person with both arms, so it is likely to have a stroke.

Act immediately if one or more of the symptoms! You choose, without waiting, the emergency number 144. As another mnemonic is: “Time is brain” (dt. Time is brain). In the case of a stroke, every Minute counts.

help for people who have suffered a stroke have

In Switzerland there are over 130’000 people with a brain injury due to stroke, brain tumor or traumatic brain injury. Fragile Suisse is committed to the person and their family with advice (Helpline 0800 256 256), course and self – help offered and accompanied Housing. The Association is financed mainly from donations.