Collect Darren in 2017 in hospital after the stroke. See SWNS story SWSYstroke; A football fan who had a stroke has told how he shocked nurses by uttering his first words in FOUR MONTHS - when he mocked his rival team. Darren Thomson, 22, lost all feeling in the left side of his body just 15 minutes after he developed a blinding headache. The Hibs fan was rushed to hospital where scans revealed he had suffered a stroke and had a bleed on the brain caused by a blood clot the size of a 10p coin. He had two operations to help drain the excess fluid in his brain, but he still couldn't speak for three months due to a tube down his throat then brain damage. Darren heard his nurses talking about how they supported rival team Hearts - and shocked them by blurting out his first words: "Hearts are s**t".