Char­lotte strikes back

Seven-year-old, beats mas­sive strokes – that’s some­thing to sing about!

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Be­ing young and healthy is no pro­tec­tion against stroke, as Char­lotte and her mother Leila dis­cov­ered. Char­lotte was hit by a ma­jor stroke in the mid­dle of the night and was rushed to the hospi­tal. She re­mained in a coma for two days and suf­fered more mas­sive strokes. When she came round she couldn’t speak, move or even blink. The doc­tors pre­pared Leila for the worst.

But Leila didn’t give up. While she was singing to her daugh­ter, Char­lotte struck back and smiled. Within two weeks she was speak­ing. Three years on, she is run­ning and play­ing again. ‘It’s a mir­a­cle to have Char­lotte with us’ Leila says.

Char­lotte’s in­cred­i­ble re­cov­ery was helped by the huge ad­vances in stroke re­search we funded, which has com­pletely changed the way stroke is treated. But with only a tenth of the fund­ing given to can­cer re­search, there’s so much more to do.

You don’t need to wait for a mir­a­cle, or even sing! You can join Char­lotte in strik­ing back against stroke by leav­ing us a gift in your Will.

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