Teenager’s headache turned out to be a stroke

Now almost a year on, Elizabeth Kiss, 13 has just taken her first steps.

Elizabeth from Essex was getting ready for a wedding when she experienced an intense headache and suddenly collapsed. Here mum, Danielle said: “she fell to the floor and seemed in so much pain. I noticed the left side of her body wasn't moving. It crossed my mind that it could be a stroke but I thought, "That's impossible, she's too young."' She was rushed to hospital where it was discovered she had a clot in her brain and was operated on when her condition deteriorated. It was unsuccessful, but Elizabeth started to recover and came out of intensive care by Friday. Although the clot is still in Elizabeth's brain, doctors said it was unlikely to cause another stroke and she was given aspirin to thin her blood. She started having physiotherapy and was surprisingly standing within ten days and walk with the assistance of a frame. Three weeks later Elizabeth was able to go home and started school part-time in September. It is not clear if Elizabeth will recover entirely, but she is still making progress. Strokes in people under the age of 18 are uncommon, affecting five out of every 100,000 children a year in the UK. A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, through a blockage in the blood supply to the brain or when blood leaks from a burst blood vessel into the brain. In young people, strokes are normally caused by an underlying health condition such as a congenital heart disease or sickle cell anaemia. But they can also affect previously healthy children, and in about 10 per cent of cases, the cause is unknown. Read the full story.
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