A London paramedic has been left paralysed after ‘cracking’ her neck caused her to have a stroke.
The 23-year-old had been watching movies in bed when she stretched and heard a loud crack come from her neck.
After sleeping for 15 minutes Natalie Kunicki woke up to feel a numbness in her left leg.
Natalie was rushed to hospital where it was found she had burst a major artery in her neck which had caused a blood clot to form.
Now Natalie is trying to raise awareness, of how easy it is to seriously injure yourself.
She said, ‘People need to know that even if you’re young, something this simple can cause a stroke. I wasn’t even trying to crack my neck. I just moved and it happened.
‘I’m a paramedic and I didn’t ring 999 for 10 minutes because I thought it was too unlikely it would be a stroke when I should have known much better. Every minute more of your brain cells are dying, so don’t ever discount a stroke just because someone is young.
‘People need to be more mindful when doing any chiropractic exercises or strenuous gym weights. I was in bed watching stuff with a friend when it happened.
‘I stretched my neck and I could just hear this ‘crack, crack, crack’. My friend asked ‘was that your neck?’ but all my joints crack quite a bit so I didn’t think anything of it. I just laughed.
‘I fell asleep and when I woke up about 15 minutes later. I wanted to go to the bathroom but I could feel this leg in the bed and I was asking my friend if he could move his leg.
‘He told me it was my leg but I was a bit tipsy so I wasn’t taking anything seriously and just thought ‘that’s a bit weird’. I got up and tried to walk to the bathroom and I was swaying everywhere. I looked down and realised I wasn’t moving my left leg at all – then I fell to the floor.’