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Survivor Julie’s illness pledge

JULIE Rudge had the fright of her life when she lost her sight for almost ten minutes.

JULIE Rudge had the fright of her life when she lost her sight for almost ten minutes.

Despite being fit and healthy, Julie, who is 47 and from Balsall Common, had a brain scan and was told she had blood clots on the brain.

“I’d been getting blurred vision and headaches,” she said. “I went onto the computer and finally discovered I was suffering from Hughes Syndrome - which is also known as ‘sticky blood’.”

It took a simple blood test at Solihull Hospital to confirm Julie’s illness.

She adds: “I then had a brain scan and was told I had several dots on the scan caused by mini-strokes - which is now dead tissue, which was frightening.”

After educating herself, Julie is now under the care of Professor Hughes at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.

“If I hadn’t gone to see my GP when I experienced my symptoms, I might not be here to tell the story now,” said Julie.

Julie is now determined to raise awareness of Hughes Syndrome.

Having spent 23 years working for NatWest, Julie was running a coffee shop in Leamington Spa when the symptoms really kicked in.

She has been unable to work since and has just won a two and a half year insurance battle with NatWest.

Hughes Syndrome is an autoimmune condition in which there is an increased tendency for the blood to clot.

Early diagnosis and treatment could prevent heart attacks, strokes, DVT and miscarriages.

Symptoms include headache and migraine, memory problems and balance difficulties and visual disturbances. To find out more visit



Cathrina Hulse
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