Stroke survivor David is true inspiration

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The remarkable courage of an inspirational stroke survivor from Castlerock has been celebrated at the Life After Stroke Awards.

David Boyd (73) received the Adult Courage Award at the recent Northern Ireland Life After Stroke Awards.

The gala event took place at the Hilton Templepatrick as part of ‘Make May Purple’ - the annual campaign to raise awareness of stroke.

David, a retired Royal Navy chef, has faced a number of serious health conditions in recent years, and has shown incredible courage and indomitable spirit.

The local man had a stroke in 2014 just four weeks after he had a heart attack.

Just six months later David underwent a quadruple heart by-pass and was also diagnosed with a benign brain tumour.

Despite all his health problems, David has maintained an incredibly positive attitude and generous spirit by continuing to attend the Stroke Association Portstewart Group and supporting fellow stroke survivors.

Stroke Association group leader Sharon Millar describes David as a “tower of strength” for other stroke survivors and says his example is an inspiration to others.

David said: “I was dumbfounded at first when I had a stroke. How dare my brain let me down? But as soon as I had it, I was determined that in no way would it alter what I consider to be a worthwhile life. I’m totally flabbergasted to receive this award. Meeting other stroke patients over the years I’ve seen so many people who are worse off than me. Helping others to achieve what I have so far achieved is a tremendous honour,” he said.