BC man trapped in bathroom for seven days after stroke

Steve Adsley at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver

Steve Adsley at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver


Steve Adsley never thought it would happen to him. The 62-year-old man suffered a stroke that left most of his body paralysed and trapped in his bathroom -- for seven days. He knew that he was going to need water, so he got creative.
"I was able to hook part of my arm into the toilet bowl and I drank the water that was in the toilet bowl," Mr. Adsley tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann. 

After a week of yelling, he finally heard one of his neighbours and realizde that this was his only chance. "I could hear her going out to her car in the morning. And so I yelled as loud as I could and made as much noise as I could to get her attention. And she heard me."

Mr. Adsley is currently recovering at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver.

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