BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Chris Baxter returns after losing voice from brain bleed

Gazette Series: BBC Radio Gloucestershire traffic presenter Jack Miles and presenter Chris Baxter with his children William, five and Dorothy, three BBC Radio Gloucestershire traffic presenter Jack Miles and presenter Chris Baxter with his children William, five and Dorothy, three

BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Chris Baxter was back at the microphone this week after being made speechless by a brain bleed.

Chris, who presents the station's mid morning show, told listeners he was glad to be back in his studio - rather than across the road at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he has been treated.

"I had a little bleed on the brain and it left me unable to speak - which is not a great thing to happen in this job," said father-of-two Chris, who lives in Stroud.

He said the brain bleed had effectively made him epileptic - robbing him of his ability to speak.

He thanked hospital doctors and staff for restoring the power of speech so he can resume his broadcasting career.

"Unfortunately I can't drive now because of this and, wouldn't you know it, my train was cancelled on my first day back," said Chris.

"Instead of being able to jump in the car I had to get a taxi to the studio.

“But I'm really glad that I can speak again and that I'm back."

Chris has been in radio for more than 20 years. Originally from Nottingham, he moved to Chepstow with his family when he was eight-years old.

His parents ran a gift shop in the town and his first radio experience was as a presenter on hospital radio in Newport before eventually joining BBC Radio Gloucestershire in 2010.

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