Journalist Sean Devers recuperating after transient stroke
Long-serving cricket journalist and commentator Sean Devers took ill on Tuesday morning, suffering a transient or mini-stroke.
Devers, a cancer survivor, had to be rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital after collapsing at home. According to a family member, the “effects wore off during the course of the day.”
Devers, who turned 50 this year, has since been discharged.
A mini-stroke is also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). It occurs when part of the brain experiences a temporary lack of blood flow. This causes stroke-like symptoms that resolve within 24 hours.
According to the family member, doctors related, based on scans, that what occurred to Devers on Tuesday was not related to the surgery he had to remove a brain tumor several years ago.
Devers, speaking to News Room on Wednesday morning, said he is thankful for the support of his family, friends and doctors who stood by side during the last 24 hours.
“I had mini stroke yesterday morning and I could not have spoken, but I’m back now. They (doctors) said it might take about three or four days to be fully back,” Devers, a senior journalist at Kaieteur News, related.
“It was more down to a lack of rest, so I have to start resting more. What I do- now that it is the staying home time- I send my stories from home. I wake up in the night when the place is quiet and then I write my features; only if I have a news story I would write it in the day…but I have to stop doing that. I have to start eating better; I’m exercising now and getting really fit now so that was surprising to me what happened yesterday morning.”
In 2012, Devers had to undergo brain surgery to remove the cancerous tumor in Trinidad and Tobago.
“When I thought I would die I turned to Jesus to save me and he gave me a second chance. So many people supported me with prayers or donations and I believed that God would not waste their efforts by not healing me,” Devers said after he was declared cancer-free.