Young stroke survivor signs up for college

Strike survivor Bethany Sinfield with Dr Tom Balchin of ARNI
Strike survivor Bethany Sinfield with Dr Tom Balchin of ARNI

A Leighton Linslade teenager who was told she’d never walk or talk after suffering a massive stroke is to start college in the autumn.

Beth Sinfield, 19, will study A level psychology, sociology and English at Milton Keynes.

The former Cedars Upper student said: “The college is providing lots of help for my transition back into the schooling environment . . . I’ve been out of education for three years now.

“To start with I’ll need transport but hopefully if I pass my driving test in October, I’ll be able to get there and back under my own steam - the independence I’ve been waiting for.”

She added: “I’ll obviously find it hard, given the disabilities I now have. But who’s to say I won’t get stronger and stronger?”
She admitted the propect of going back into the real world after such a long time was “scary” and said: “I’m really nervous but I’m itching to get back to studying again. I miss it.”

Before the devastating stroke that left her temporarily in a locked-in state, Beth had wanted to be a veterinary nurse. She accepts that’s out of the question with her reduced walking ability and only one strong arm.

But the stroke has had an interesting side effect – it’s fuelled her passion for psychology.

She said: “I’m so interested in the brain, how it works and how it causes people to react. I’d love to go on to uni and read neuropsychology.

“I’m just so grateful to be here and that I’ve recovered enough to go back to college.”