Shows how stroke illness affects the lives of three very different patients: a successful business man, a housewife in her thirties who suffers speech impairment, and an elderly manual worker. In their own words these people (and their families) tell us of the problems and frustrations they have encountered and to what extent they have come to terms with their illness and its resulting disabilities. As well as giving the often neglected patient’s viewpoint, the need for early and positive rehabilitation is emphasised. It is therefore suitable for showing to doctors and paramedical workers who are caring for stroke patients, or during their training, and to more general audiences such as voluntary workers, care attendants, and home helps. The commentary is spoken by Cliff Morgan, the former Welsh rugger international who himself suffered a stroke.
Made in 1985 this film reflects the cultural attitudes, medical treatment and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless. The film quality may not be to modern standards.