When Mark Stevens suffered a life-threatening stroke he was convinced he would never walk or talk again.
The 57-year-old, from Hunters Bar, was rushed to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital for emergency treatment when the illness struck nearly two years ago.
At first he struggled, suffering movement difficulties and finding himself unable to read or write - but after 19 months of rehabilitation, Mark has now returned to work as a stage technician at Sheffield City Hall.
His road to recovery started at the Hallamshire’s hyper acute stroke unit, followed by full-time residential care and 12 weeks of support at home.
Mark was also looked after by the exercise referral scheme at Concord Sports Centre in Shiregreen. Fitness specialist Dave Birds worked on his muscles, co-ordination and balance to help him to complete everyday tasks.
His wife Jenny said: “Before his stroke Mark wasn’t committed to exercise – he’s now completely converted. Mark was a bit apprehensive about going back to work but knew it was the thing he wanted to do most. It’s an overwhelming achievement.”
The exercise scheme - under which GPs can refer patients with a range of conditions - is run by the Sheffield City Trust.