Advice to parents to look out for signs of strokes in children

A teenager who was one of hundreds of young people to suffer a stroke has urged parents to look out for the warning signs.

It was like any other day when Jordan Grainger had his first stroke – the only unusual thing about it was that Jordan was just 15 years old.

He was at home when he lost control of his body and fell down the flight of stairs at his home in Nottingham.

He said: “I remember all of it – I just got this numbness, a tingling down my arm to the bottom of my fingers and lost all of my motor control.

“I didn’t really realise what was happening, I didn’t know how serious it was until I woke up in hospital.”

Jordan was taken to hospital, where he had an operation to relieve pressure caused by fluid. He was then put into a medically induced coma for two days to aid his recovery.

After he woke up, it took a further three weeks in a high dependency ward as he began to make his recovery, rebuilding the damage caused by the stroke.

Mum Kelly said: “I know now that it can happen with young. You just think it’s just older people that it happens to. I do think there are a lot more people out there it happens to as well.”

One of those people is three-year-old Crystal-Marie Brown, who was paralysed down her right side, becoming one of Britain’s youngest stroke victims.

But the youngster, from Muirhead, North Lanarkshire, is now recovering at home and has already learned to walk, talk and smile again.

Mum Natalie said the only warning sign was that she had developed a slight limp two days before she suffered the attack.

The 22-year-old told of her horror when she discovered her daughter crying with her face “fallen and lopsided” in the middle of the night.

She said: “She was unable to sup because the whole of her right side was completely paralysed. We knew right away we had to get her to hospital as quickly as possible.

“Physiotherapy is helping her walking as she still has a wee bit of a limp. But she’s doing really well. It’s amazing, especially when you think how long adults take to recover from strokes.”

Strokes in infancy affect an estimated one in 400,000 children. The advice to parents remains the same as that given to adults; if you see their face slope, they loss control of their arms or speech begins to slur and lack sense, then you must dial 999.