Schoolboy’s “migraine” was in fact the effects of a stroke

A teenager’s family were horrified that a headache he suffered while getting ready for school turned out to be the result of a stroke.

Fourteen-year-old Alex Doran, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, had collapsed after suffering a sharp pain his head.

Given his age and the fact that he is in excellent physical shape – Alex is a keen club swimmer – even doctors thought to begin with that he must have been afflicted by a particularly bad migraine.

But a subsequent MRI scan showed he had a narrow artery in his neck which had been blocked and caused a stroke. Thankfully he now looks on course to make a full recovery, having been prescribed a blood-thinning aspirin and referred to a specialist in Southampton.

Mum Sarah told the Sunday People that the family had been left shocked by the diagnosis.

“I had always associated it with the elderly and symptoms such as a droopy face and slurred speech,” said the 44-year-old.

“Even the hospital doctors didn’t ­suspect a stroke. His main symptoms were the pain in his head and his eyes were rolling. He was also vomiting. There is a history of migraines in my family and doctors thought that was what he had.

“We may never know why he developed a blood clot. The doctors say the fact he was so sporty is probably what saved him.”

Alex will be among the estimated 400 UK children who suffer a stroke at some point this year.

While the affliction is extremely rare in under 18s, the Doran family are now hoping to make clear that it shouldn’t be discounted altogether if someone exhibits unexplained symptoms. In such circumstances, fast action is crucial.

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