In this extract from Life after stroke, a video made by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, Rose Kingi and members of her family talk about her hospitalisation and first steps toward recovery after a major stroke. Māori women are more than twice as likely to have a stroke as non-Maori women, and nearly twice as likely to die as a result. A stroke interrupts blood flow to the brain, causing brain cells to die – long-term results can include weakness, paralysis, loss of vision and difficulties with speech. In the 2000s stroke care was identified as one of the areas in which Māori received a lower level of care than non-Māori.
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Reference: Life after stroke: 4 inspirational stories from Maori and Pacific people who have experienced a stroke. Educational resources, 2005
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