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Radio presenter Chris Baxter back on air after brain bleed made him speechless

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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RADIO presenter Chris Baxter returned to the microphone on Monday after suffering a brain bleed which made him speechless.

Chris, who presents BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s mid morning show, is now taking medication to control a form of epilepsy which affects his ability to speak.

“It is not the best thing to happen to a radio presenter, but the drugs seem to be working,” said father-of-two Chris, 43, who lives in Stroud.

“I just have to hope it doesn’t ever happen live on air.”

Chris, who joined BBC Radio Gloucestershire in 2010, noticed something was wrong last month.

“First my tongue went numb and then my daughter said I was doing a funny voice,” he said.

“I wasn’t speaking properly, it was very slurred and it started to happen more regularly over the coming days.”

Chris took himself to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and was referred to the stroke unit.

He had a CT scan and an MRI scan which revealed that there was a bleed on his brain.

“There was a possibility that it was a tumour so it was a very worrying time,” said Chris.

“I was still getting attacks so I couldn’t go to work.”

Chris said the brain bleed had effectively made him epileptic and that his version of a seizure is activity in his face which affects his speech.

“The drugs are controlling it so I am back to work,” he said.

“I can’t drive now which is slightly annoying and I can’t taste on one side of my mouth.

“I also can’t go out running at the moment, I just have to be careful.

“But I am glad I have my speech back and that I am back at work.”

Doctors still don’t know the cause of the brain bleed and Chris is due to undergo more scans in the future.

Chris has been in radio for more than 20 years.

Originally from Nottingham, he moved to Chepstow when he was eight years old.

His first radio experience was as a presenter on hospital radio in Newport.

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