In recognition of World Stroke Day on Tuesday, October 29th, Croí, the heart and stroke charity, hosted a Public Talk and Short Film screening to help raise awareness of stroke and offer information to stroke survivors.
This FREE event included a talk by Dr. Tom Walsh, Stroke Specialist, Galway University Hospital and a local Galway stroke survivor, followed by a special screening of the award-winning documentary, A Tiny Spark.
In Ireland, approximately 10,000 people have a stroke-related event annually and an estimated 30,000 people are living in Ireland with disabilities as a result of a stroke. Croí’s World Stroke Day event aimed to highlight the risk factors associated with stroke and to provide helpful information for those living with, and recovering from, a stroke.
The Galway-based documentary, A Tiny Spark, produced by Swansong Films, examines the effect of stroke on people’s lives and looks at research into the blood clots that cause stroke. The documentary is about ground-breaking research being conducted by neuroscientist Dr. Karen Doyle at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway and was made under the ‘Science on Screen’ partnership with Galway Film Centre.
‘A Tiny Spark’ is available to watch on RTÉ Player until the end of November, 2019
This event was proudly supported by Ballinasloe-based company Surmodics, who are community partners to the Croí’s stroke programme.