Samantha Markle provides update on her father’s stroke
Meghan Markle’s sister said she was “grateful to God” after her father Thomas Markle survived a stroke that “could have been fatal”.
Speaking on GB News, a visibly distraught Samantha Markle nearly burst into tears but said it could take her dad a “year” to get her speech back.
Ms Markle said it was ‘difficult for me to talk about it’ but her father was doing better.
She said, “He’s better. He’s in a good mood and you know it’s always hard for me to talk about it because he’s been through so much – the heart attack, a pandemic, a stroke.
“I don’t think he saw it coming but he’s better, he’s in a good mood.
“I’m so grateful to God for calling him when I did because he had difficulty speaking, he couldn’t speak.
“I feel like if we hadn’t gotten emergency care right away it could have been fatal, so I feel really blessed that he’s regaining some of his strength.”
Ms Markle told GB News her father’s prognosis and how the stroke had affected him.
She added: “It’s going to take several, maybe six months, maybe a year to find his speech.
“He can work with a speech therapist and that’s fine, the speech he had in the part of the brain that produces speech wasn’t so big he can’t recover. But you know when you’re almost 80 years, there is less plasticity and things are more difficult.
“So he has memory for words and associations, the stroke was on the right side of the brain, so the damage was on the left side and he’s left-handed. But it also impaired his speech and his ability to swallow.
“All things considered, it’s unbelievable, he’s in good spirits.
“We are not, we walk on eggshells and are sad and have a hard time, but he is our soldier.”