Samantha Morton talks about her stroke

March 10th, 2008 - 1:38 pm ICT by admin  

New York, March 10 (IANS) British actress Samantha Morton speaks out for the first time about a severe stroke, which left her close to death and almost ended her successful career. Her illness has remained a secret, until now. First, a part of the ceiling of her new home collapsed on top of her in 2006 and the Golden Globe-winning actress was unable to walk after that, reports.

As a result of the incident, Morton pulled out of the thriller “Transsiberian” and was replaced by fellow Brit Emily Mortimer as she took a year-and-a-half break from acting to recuperate from her head injuries.

A few days after the accident, she had a stroke brought on by the impact of the ceiling collapse, and she was left almost bedridden after losing control of her legs. But with the support of her friends and family, she soon learned to walk again and has since made a full recovery.

She credits her close pal Jason Pierce - the singer from rock band Spiritualized - with helping her after his own life-threatening experience with pneumonia.

She said: “Jason and I have been mirroring each other. He was really sick and then I had a stroke at the beginning of that year. He was the only person I knew who understood what that was like, being near to death. He’s just an incredible person. He’s very courageous, and he helped me get through it all.”

Morton is now back to full health and in January gave birth to a daughter, Edie, with filmmaker fianc

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