Andrew MarrBBC News‘ political reporter Andrew Marr has spoken about surviving a major stroke which he claims he only survived thanks to his wife.

The reporter and presenter is still recovering from the stroke which he nearly died twice from, however is keen to return to work following a brief appearance in April to discuss the incident.

The 53-year-old told the Daily Mail,

Jackie was twice given the clear impression I was a goner. If I was very lucky, I would be a vegetable, unable to move, see, hear or speak. Jackie saved my life. Without her, I wouldn’t be here. – Marr

Crediting his wife Jackie Ashley with saving his life he added,

Jackie saved my life. Without her, I wouldn’t be here. It’s partly because she fought for me; she was my tireless advocate in the hospital to get the right treatment. Jackie was very strongly affected by what happened to me. In many ways, it was much more of a shock for her than it was for me since I hadn’t realised how close I was to dying.

The Andrew Marr Show continues to air with guest presenters while the political reporter and host undergoes physiotherapy to help improve his use of his left arm and leg. In tomorrow’s edition on BBC One Jeremy Vine interviews Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

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