A Stroke At Just 2
us to North Tees Hospital to find out what was wrong with our little girl.
While we waited in A&E, Lexi played with the toy box, but she became frustrated.
And she seemed vacant, kept falling over, as if she wasn’t in control of her own body.
The doctor couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with Lexi, although did agreed that she appeared to be struggling with the right side of her body.
Referred to the children’s day unit, doctors ran blood tests and CT scans.
‘There’s a dark patch in the left side of her brain,’ the consultant said, looking at results.
He was concerned, so the next day Lexi was taken for an MRI, which revealed the shocking truth.
‘So she really did have a stroke!’ I sobbed, after doctors broke the news.
Totally stunned, I’d always thought that strokes only affected older people.
Never in a million years did I think that my toddler would have one.
I couldn’t understand it The consultant explained children do suffer strokes, it’s just extremely rare.
The dark patch on the CT scan was a blood clot that was stopping oxygen from reaching the left side of her brain, causing her physical problems on the right side.
Next day, we were transferred to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where doctors ran tests to find the cause of Lexi’s stroke.
She was also given aspirin to thin her blood.
Gradually, Lexi has improved, but she still has a slight weakness in her right arm, which makes it difficult for her to write, draw, or pick things up.
Three months later, test results showed the clot had developed as the blood vessels around her brain were too narrow.
It could be due to a previous infection, or something she was born with – doctors don’t know.
Lexi still takes aspirin to stop her blood clotting. But our brave girl hasn’t let it slow her down.
Despite being naturally right-handed, she taught herself to write and draw with her left hand.
Now 3, Lexi recently started dance classes to build up her muscles.
Doctors say she’s unlikely to suffer another stroke, but I can’t help worrying. And I want other mums to know that children can have strokes, too.
So, if you think something’s wrong, act immediately.
She kept falling over, as if she wasn’t in charge of her body
Our little girl is so brave… lexi hasn’t let it slow her down…