Fitness star left paralysed after waking up with a headache and unable to stand

A health and fitness blogger has been left paralysed down one side of her body after suffering a stroke at the young age of 40.

Fernanda Ferreira built up a loyal fan base of online followers after she began documenting her exercise regimes and progress via Instagram.

But her life changed entirely four months ago when she found herself unable to stand and suffering a headache.

Ms Ferreira revealed to her online followers on December 2 that she had suffered a cerebrovascular accident and endured a stroke caused by high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Speaking to local news in her native Brazil, the influencer explained: "I woke up on a normal Saturday with a little bit of a headache.

“I decided to go to the bathroom and fell over. I called my neighbour because I was no longer able to get up."

Ms Ferreira spent five days in intensive care and a further 25 days receiving treatment on a nursing ward.

She is now unable to use the left side of her body and having to begin the long process of learning to move and speak again.

"My time in hospital has been preparation for a new reality, which will be totally different," the blogger added.

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Ms Ferreira is now working with health professionals, a speech therapist, psychologist and nutritionist to help her rebuild her life.

And she is now documenting her recovery and progress online.

Revealing her experience to news outlets in the Brazilian coastal municipality of Santos, she continued: "A stroke takes away your body movement, it leaves you unable to perform your activities, and this has made me very depressed.

"It was very good to see that it's possible to recover your life."

Following four months of treatment, Ms Ferreira has made some progress.

She said: "Every day is a victory. Now it's about living one day at a time."

She also added a warning to others, saying: "I don't wish this upon anyone, so I will do whatever I can to help. I had high blood pressure and didn't know it.

“I also had high cholesterol, and I didn't go for any tests, no matter how poorly I was feeling, so prevention is always important."

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