Andrew Marr opens up about stroke

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 February 2017
Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr has opened up about his recovery from a stroke in 2013 and how he hopes to get rid of his leg brace in 2018

Andrew Marr is hoping to have his leg brace removed next year after he was left struggling to walk from his stroke in 2013.

The 57-year-old political broadcaster has opened up about his recovery after he spent a hefty amount of money on treatment in Florida in the US in December, and how he still takes a while to do simple everyday things such as clothing himself.

In new BBC Two documentary, 'Andrew Marr: My Brain and Me', he tells the cameras: "I was never suicidal. I was upset. Everyone who goes through this has periods of depression. It's the small things that accumulate and make life a bit crappier than it otherwise would be.

"It's that yet again it takes 35 minutes to get dressed; yet again you drop the toast on the floor; yet again you find you can't walk from A to B properly."

The programme looks at the different medical treatments on offer and Marr said it was hard to watch it back because he doesn't like talking about his ailment, however he hopes it will be useful for other sufferers.

He told RadioTimes: "One of the things I said early on was that I didn't want to become a poster boy for stroke recovery.

"I don't really like talking about these things, or certainly being filmed. I didn't enjoy watching the film.

"But when you are in public life, and something bad but very happens to you, 1.4 million people are surviving strokes at the moment - then you have a kind of obligation to share your experience, particularly if it's positive, and is going to encourage other people."

'Andrew Marr: My Brain and Me' airs on BBC Two on Tuesday (14.02.17).

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