A Tayside mum-of-two has spoken of her agony after a life-changing stroke left her unable to hold her baby.
Louise McLuckie, 36, from Carnoustie, is making slow progress on the road to recovery since her world was turned upside down in March.
Miss McLuckie collapsed just four months after giving birth to her second child Freya and was rushed to Ninewells Hospital.
She was given a CT scan that detected she had suffered an ischemic stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain.
Miss McLuckie – who is also mum to 11-year-old Holly – now has a splint and walks with a stick. She depends on a mobility scooter because she cannot walk more than 20 yards and still has short-term memory loss.
Miss McLuckie, who is left-handed, cannot use her left arm, and says it has had a devastating impact on family life.
“I can’t pick up my baby, I can’t change her nappy, I can’t dress her and I can’t put her to her bed,” she said.
“Freya is just nine months old and not being able to do these things has been harder to deal with than some of the physical effects.”
Before she became pregnant with Freya she admits she was a 20-a-day smoker who ate fast food and did not exercise.
Miss McLuckie’s sister Stephanie and mum Lorraine have been helping her care for Freya and Holly while she battles back to health.
She cannot drive or go back to her job as a hairdresser and says she has been left a virtual recluse.
She plans to walk across the Tay Road Bridge on November 4 to raise funds for equipment and physical training sessions that will help her recovery.