Michael Fitzgerald's wife Beryl watched the stroke
advert on television
A Hampshire woman has told how a Department of Health TV advert may have saved her husband's life by helping her realise he was having a stroke.
Beryl Fitzgerald, 60, heard her husband Michael's slurred speech after he had fallen behind their bathroom door and quickly called an ambulance.
Mr Fitzgerald, 62, from Bishop's Waltham, was treated at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
His wife said the advert with a man on a football terrace was "on her mind".
The national television campaign shows a man experiencing the first signs of stroke along with the slogan: "FAST - Facial weakness - Arm weakness - Speech problems -Time to call 999."
Mrs Fitzgerald, who had watched it the night before, heard a noise and went upstairs to investigate.
"Michael had fallen behind the door so I could not get in," she said.
"I asked him if he was OK and as soon as I heard his slurred speech, I suspected a stroke."
Retired Ford worker Mr Fitzgerald said: "Without having seen the ad, I could easily have regarded my collapse as a funny turn."
He underwent surgery at the hospital to unclog arteries in his neck following a brain scan and a course of thrombolysis, a drug treatment which thins the blood.
"The advert was at the forefront of my mind, who knows what might have happened," added Mrs Fitzgerald.
Consultant physician Dr John Duffy, who specialises in stroke care at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, said: "It is amazing to think that an advert could have saved his life, or at least prevented a stroke that could have left him severely disabled."