NATHAN Johnston, 39, was driving home from Hobart when he started vomiting out the car window.
He rang his wife, Olivia, to tell her that he wasn't feeling very well.
That was the last time she talked to her husband on the night their lives changed.
More than two hours after that phone call, Mrs Johnston received a call from the police.
``They asked me if I owned a silver Territory, and said they had found it and had found my husband,'' Mrs Johnston said.
``He had had a stroke - a brain haemorrhage.''
The father of three was assisted by a passing motorist who had stopped to help, was taken to the Launceston General Hospital, and was eventually rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital.
At 2am, Mrs Johnston began to make the trip to Hobart.
At the same time, her husband underwent major brain surgery to stop the bleeding.
The survival rate for a haemorrhagic stroke is 20 per cent.
``I was told they had to operate within the half hour . . . otherwise we would have lost Nath,'' she said.
Mr Johnston was kept in a coma for four weeks while the gases inside his brain subsided.
He missed his son's third birthday.
The haemorrhage possibly severed the neurological pathways for language, which has affected Mr Johnston's ability to speak.
He has no movement in his right arm, and a little movement in his right leg - enough for him to move around on a walking stick.
Through his limited speech, Mr Johnston said he remembers being unable to move, and feeling lopsided, but nothing else after that.
``I just woke up [from the coma] very scared and unsure of where I was,'' he said.
``I hope to get movement back in my arm, my speech to improve, to get back out fishing, and to be happy.''
Mrs Johnston, who described her husband as an ``outdoorsy'' man, said the family was now living in their new family home at Whitemore.
``I had to decide to move [from Newnham] because there were 10 stairs going into our house and at that stage we didn't know how Nath was going, or how his recovery was going to go,'' she said.
``Nathan and I are very much fatalists . . . if there is something to be learnt from this, we don't know what that is yet, but this is what we will learn to deal with.''
Friends have rallied to help the family, and are raising funds for Mr Johnston's remedial massage by holding a Facebook online auction.
The auction ends at midnight tomorrow.
To take part in the auction, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/504730509620188/