Emil Silvestru stroke recovery
Published: 5 July 2012 (GMT+10)
Update - April 2013
One year after Emil's stroke he is doing very well. Fluent speech is nearly fully restored but he feels that he would not be able to do hour-long presentations. He can read for up to an hour before he finds it too difficult. His memory is nearly 100% restored. He can remember things from 40 and 50 years ago. However, he cannot express himself in writing (typing). Oddly, the ability to write has not been restored. He also has lost 3 of his 6 languages and is working hard on English, French and Romanian. Understanding jokes (words used in humourous contexts) is also slowly being restored.
Update - September 2012
Emil's speech ability is remarkably restored given the severity of the stroke but there is still significant difficulty in expressing himself verbally. He is using English, French and Romanian to communicate to keep those languages active. Reading and writing remain challenging. However, he is optimistic about further improvements and recognizes he has already improved a lot over the past six months. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes for the Silvestrus.
Canada’s Dr Emil Silvestru
has unfortunately suffered a stroke. Although he is recovering remarkably well given
the severity of the stroke, please pray for Emil’s full recovery and for CMI-Canada
while Emil is unable to do any speaking.
Emil has fully recovered his musculo-skeletal functioning (the physiotherapy being
performed by his wife Flory) but recovery of speech function is proceeding slowly.
Emil is currently receiving Employment Insurance but this only amounts to a little
more than half of his regular modest salary. With the family having arrived from
communist Romania penniless late in life, this leaves them in significant difficulty,
and the ministry’s capacity to help is limited.
If you feel led to help the Silvestrus financially please send a cheque to them
45311 Spruce Dr Chilliwack, BC V2R 1E9
Please be aware of potentially high banking fees if sending cheques drawn on foreign banks.
Or via electronic transfer:
Cora Silvestru 008345022793
Royal Bank of Canada
Chilliwack, BC - Sardis Branch
45460 Luckakuck Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 3S9
SWIFT code: ROYCCAT2
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