Triathlete runner left unable to walk after sumo wrestling game caused stroke

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Triathlete runner left unable to walk after sumo wrestling at wedding caused stroke
Carol Dickson-Fisher, 52, had put on the padded suit at her stepdaughter’s wedding in August

A triathlete runner has been left paralysed and with the ‘personality of a child’ after play-fighting in a sumo wrestler suit.

Carol Dickson-Fisher, 52, was rushed to hospital a day after she and wife Nancy, 56, donned the padded suits at a family wedding on August 10.

Doctors discovered she had suffered a stroke, believed to have been caused by a tear in her neck artery, which led to a bleed on the brain.

The IT worker needed to have part of her skull removed, and is now recovering in a rehab centre in Cornwall.

She remains paralysed in her the left side her face, her left arm and leg, struggles with short-term memory and is unable to walk.

Nancy-Dickson Fisher, 56, sumo-wrestling with wife Carol-Dickson Fisher, 52 TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Liam McInerney With pix A WEDDING guest was left paralysed and now has the personality of a child after sumo wrestling caused her to have a massive stroke. Ultrafit Carol Dickson-Fisher was rushed to hospital 24 hours after play fighting at the family nuptials. The exertion is thought to have caused the 52-year-old IT worker a neck strain which then led to a bleed on the brain. Within a day she was unable to move down one side and has now been told she may never walk again after revelling in the wedding fun.
Nancy-Dickson Fisher told doctors about the sumo wrestling (Picture: Katie Battie/ Triangle News)
Picture of Carol Dickson-Fisher dressed as a Sumo-wrestler TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Liam McInerney With pix A WEDDING guest was left paralysed and now has the personality of a child after sumo wrestling caused her to have a massive stroke. Ultrafit Carol Dickson-Fisher was rushed to hospital 24 hours after play fighting at the family nuptials. The exertion is thought to have caused the 52-year-old IT worker a neck strain which then led to a bleed on the brain. Within a day she was unable to move down one side and has now been told she may never walk again after revelling in the wedding fun.
The IT worker’s tore her neck artery (Picture: Katie Battie/ Triangle News)

Nancy says caring for her wife is like ‘looking after a child’ and wishes the couple had never put on the sumo costumes.

She continued: ‘I am regularly in floods of tears. I still love her and I will stand by her but her but she is not the person I married.’

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Carol had been attending the wedding of Nancy’s daughter Yvonne Neville-Binder, in Laughton, East Sussex, when she injured her neck during the game.

Nancy, a nurse, said she knew her partner had suffered a stroke after sensing her fidgeting in bed the night after the reception.

They called an ambulance, and a CT scan found significant bleeding and swelling in her brain.

Carol Dickson-Fisher, 52, recovering from her stroke TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Liam McInerney With pix A WEDDING guest was left paralysed and now has the personality of a child after sumo wrestling caused her to have a massive stroke. Ultrafit Carol Dickson-Fisher was rushed to hospital 24 hours after play fighting at the family nuptials. The exertion is thought to have caused the 52-year-old IT worker a neck strain which then led to a bleed on the brain. Within a day she was unable to move down one side and has now been told she may never walk again after revelling in the wedding fun.
Doctors removed a large chunk of her skull (Picture: Triangle News)
Picture of Carol Dickson-Fisher in hospital TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Liam McInerney With pix A WEDDING guest was left paralysed and now has the personality of a child after sumo wrestling caused her to have a massive stroke. Ultrafit Carol Dickson-Fisher was rushed to hospital 24 hours after play fighting at the family nuptials. The exertion is thought to have caused the 52-year-old IT worker a neck strain which then led to a bleed on the brain. Within a day she was unable to move down one side and has now been told she may never walk again after revelling in the wedding fun.
She is now recovering in a rehab centre (Picture: Triangle News)

Carol then underwent an emergency operation, with Nancy anxiously waiting to hear whether her wife had survived.

Medics discovered there was a tear in her neck artery, and after Nancy told them about the wedding, they deemed the sumo wrestling was the most likely cause.

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Nancy says Carol, who used to be a quiet woman, is now very chatty, gets separation anxiety and constantly sends her messages asking where she is.

She continued: ‘When she was in critical care I brought in a Bagpuss toy for her to squeeze in her right arm when my hand wasn’t there.

‘It has become a crutch and she talks to it – and that is quite distressing. The little toy is almost like an imaginary friend.’

Picture of Carol Dickson-Fisher (left) and Nancy Dickson-Fisher (Right) at their daughters wedding TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Liam McInerney With pix A WEDDING guest was left paralysed and now has the personality of a child after sumo wrestling caused her to have a massive stroke. Ultrafit Carol Dickson-Fisher was rushed to hospital 24 hours after play fighting at the family nuptials. The exertion is thought to have caused the 52-year-old IT worker a neck strain which then led to a bleed on the brain. Within a day she was unable to move down one side and has now been told she may never walk again after revelling in the wedding fun.
Nancy said her wife’s personality has changed (Picture: Triangle News)

She added: ‘Obviously I am a nurse and I am used to looking after people and I have three children and eight grandchildren – but I never imagined I would have to be looking after my wife in this way.’

Carol should be coming home to Redruth, Cornwall, from the rehab centre on November 15.

The couple recently moved to the area for its outdoor sporting opportunities, but are now far from Nancy’s family, who remain in East Sussex.

They are struggling to survive off on Nancy’s pension and money earned from her 10 hours a week job in a GP surgery.

Nancy is now fundraising for home equipment to help make Carol’s life easier, including an electric wheelchair.

You can donate here.

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