Dad blamed ‘splitting headache’ on smell of Lush shop but was having a stroke

PIC FROM Kennedy News/ (PICTURED: GARY SMITH, 52, IN HOSPITAL ) This dad blamed the 'intense' smell in Lush for giving him a splitting headache while buying his wife bath bombs - but it turned out he was having a stroke. Gary Smith says he was buying a gift for his wife when he felt overwhelmed by the smell and busyness of the body care giant's store in Stone, Kent. The 52-year-old 'assumed it was the bath bombs' and tried to ignore his headache but then his left eye's vision became blurry as he walked with daughter Rebekah Eller to buy pain relief. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266

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It’s a long-running concern that the strong fragrance rolling out of Lush shops on our high streets can leave shoppers with a headache.

But one dad who thought he was feeling unwell due to the fragrant bath bombs was actually suffering a stroke.

Gary Smith blamed the ‘intense’ smell in Lush for giving him a splitting headache while he bought bath bombs for his wife – but he realised the situation was more serious when he tried to buy painkillers.

Gary, 52, left the Lush branch in Stone, Kent, with his daughter Rebekah Eller to buy pain relief at a nearby Boots.

But as he walked over to the pharmacy his left eye’s vision became blurry, and when he tried to pick up a box of tablets he couldn’t manage it ‘like his arm was frozen’.

Rebekah drove Gary to hospital where tests revealed he’d suffered a major stroke – which a specialist told him had killed around an eighth of his brain.

An eighth of Gary’s brain died during the stroke (Picture: Kennedy News/

He’s posted a video of his experience on TikTok to raise awareness of the symptoms of strokes (Picture: Kennedy News/

Gary, from St Albans in Hertfordshire, said: ‘When I was in Lush I had a headache and I found it overpowering.

‘I was getting intense senses and you don’t want that because it’s going to make it worse.

‘When we left to go to Boots I noticed I’d started to lose vision in my left eye. It was like I had a smudge on my windscreen and couldn’t see through it.

‌’In hindsight this was the point I should have said I have a massive problem here, but I didn’t and we carried on to Boots and things started to go massively downhill.

‌’When I went to pick up the box my arm went towards it but I couldn’t pick it up. It was like my arm was frozen. I wasn’t in pain but it wouldn’t work. I was confused.

‌’I put the bath bomb down and picked the box up with my other hand to tuck it under my arm but once again it wouldn’t work.

‌’At this point I lost spatial awareness and Rebekah asked me “what’s up?”. By that time I was worried.

‌’It was as if I was drunk. Everything is not doing what you want it to do. You can see stuff but everything’s a bit fuzzy.

‌’When I saw a specialist weeks later he told me I’d had a big stroke and that people who have this usually have permanent paralysis and that was a huge shock.

‌’I used to race motorbikes and you always have an attitude that it’ll never be me and I still had that with a stroke.

‌’When you’re having a stroke you can’t stop it and you’ve got to see what happens but I knew I wasn’t right and kept pushing on like an idiot.

‌’If you get a couple of symptoms then listen to …read more

Source:: Metro


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