The 25-year-old sounded like Siri after suffering two strokes, but he could sing Sinatra

The 25-year-old who suffered a series of strokes lost his accent and started talking like Siri – but he can also sing Frank Sinatra perfectly. Mechanical experimenter Dominic Nicholas had put his changing moods on the stress of renovating a new home, but then in August, he woke up to find his right side completely numb.

When he tried to speak, he would repeat himself and slur his words, according to The Echo. Laura’s friend realized he was having a stroke and called an ambulance. Doctors found an extremely rare tangle of poorly developed blood vessels that had been bursting and healing multiple times – causing tiny strokes in the part of Dominic’s brain that regulates emotions.

Dominic said, “When the stroke happened, I thought I was going to die. I closed my eyes and lost consciousness, I don’t have any memories of that time but I wasn’t unconscious. When I woke up a week later, I realized the right side of my body wouldn’t move, and I was in the intensive care unit.” .

“I couldn’t walk or talk at all. My friends and family were really shocked because I was so young, and they didn’t expect it. When people think of strokes, they think of an elderly person. Even among young stroke survivors, there are people in their 60s They think they are too young to have a stroke.”

Dominic underwent nine-hour brain surgery and was diagnosed with aphasia, meaning he struggled to produce words and sounds and to recover language. But he realized he could sing “Fly me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra where a different part of the brain controls the music and the singing of the affected part.

Dominic is recovering in hospital – the scar along his skull from arteriovenous malformation surgery (Photo: The Brain Charity)

Dominic said, “When I realized I could sing, I was hoping that would mean I would eventually be able to talk again. When I started speaking again, I didn’t have a Merseyside accent anymore. I sounded like a robot or Siri. It feels so weird when You wake up one day with a different sound.

“I felt like I had lost a part of my identity – but everyone was really happy that I was speaking.”

“Being sad about what happened was a waste of time,” Dominic said. He’s been working hard with a therapist at The Brain Charity to relearn how to pronounce his words. He had even managed to restore his Merseyside accent.

He said, “Aphasia is not the end of your life. If someone you know has aphasia, give them time to talk. For me I just wanted to be treated the way I was before. It can be very easy to be like ‘this is it’ and give up. I’ve experienced That’s definitely when I was discharged from the hospital, but working with The Brain Charity motivated me to keep going.”

Nanette Mellor, executive director of The Brain Charity, said: “The impact of aphasia on emotional and mental health can be huge. Feeling frustrated and literally losing one’s voice is common in society.

“For many daily activities, speaking is the way we communicate, and if you cannot speak, simple tasks such as going to a store, post office, or getting on a bus can become very difficult. There is also a financial and economic impact – job loss is a huge factor. People who have experienced aphasia may feel they are no longer able to work, or they may face losing their jobs.

“SALT is vital to support people with aphasia, like Dominic, whom we are proud to share his story with and are glad we were able to help. But unfortunately, across the board, community-based SALT has been completely stripped.”

“What we are seeing now is that people receive SALT while they are in the hospital, but when they are discharged from the hospital, they are left to follow things on their own, with a little help. At The Brain Charity, we like to be able to hire a full-time speech and language therapist to support those who are Much needed, as we’ve seen firsthand, the huge positive impact SALT can have on people with aphasia.”


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