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 SA musician Lira suffers a stroke

Acclaimed South African Afro-pop musician, Lira, whose full name is Lerato “Lira” Molapo, suffered a severe stroke this week while in Germany for a performance. The multi-platinum selling artist, who is 43, had to be rushed back to South Africa to receive urgent treatment. Her management team said in a statement that the stroke has unfortunately affected her ability to communicate. 😔 “It is unlikely that she will be able to perform in the short term,” they said of the singer of popular hits “Feel Good” and “Soul in Mind’. “That said, Lira is in good spirits and is surrounded by her loving family and close friends as she journeys towards a full recovery.” 

This is a sobering reminder about the danger of strokes, especially in women. The US’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says that strokes are the third leading cause of death in women; it adds that women who suffer from hypertension, depression and who have high blood pressure while pregnant are at higher risk. Strokes are a result of a blocked or burst blood vessel in the brain. They can hit suddenly and without many warning signs, but you can look out for a drooping face, weak arms and slurred speech. As with so much else: prevention is better than cure. Go for frequent health checks to mitigate your stroke risk. It could save your life. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 21 April  2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.

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