Young stroke survivor's outstanding school results

Shannon Manning took her SATs just weeks after spending more than four months in hospital and achieved level five in every subject despite a stroke and brain injury. 

Story originally from Crewe Chronicle

The 12 year-old from Crewe insisted on sitting her SATs within weeks of getting out of hospital - and amazingly achieved level five in every subject. Shannon suffered a stroke after a bang on the head after when fell backwards off the bottom step of her bed while she was playing with friends last year. At the time Shannon told her mum that she felt fine, apart from a headache, and after lying on the couch for a while she went to play again. But an hour and a half later her parents, Andrea Wilkinson and Darren Manning, realised something was wrong. Andrea said: “She was just lying there. Her face was all drooped to one side so then I shouted her dad to come up. He ran upstairs and just picked her up off the bed and ran downstairs and said ring an ambulance. “Shannon was sat on the chair and she was talking to us all the way through it, but you could see that her face was all droopy, she was being sick and she was just saying ‘I don’t feel very well’. But we didn’t realise that she was paralysed all down her left side. It wasn’t just her face. We didn’t realise it was her arm and her leg." Shannon was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where an MRI and CT scan confirmed her parents’ fears that she had suffered a stroke.  “I was shocked. I had it in my head anyway that she’d had one before she went there, but the words itself ,when a doctor tells you, hits you really hard. “She didn’t just have a stroke, she had a bleed on her brain as well, so she had two different things.” Shannon was in Alder Hey from the day December 7, to April 23. During that time Andrea lived at the Liverpool hospital, only taking time off to visit her other three children when Darren could be at Shannon’s bedside. “We spent Christmas there - all of us, with Shannon, and lived at MacDonald House,” said Andrea. Part of Shannon’s stay in hospital was spent in intensive care. She later underwent various forms of treatment, including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy treatment. She then insisted on doing her schoolwork. Andrea said: “Before she had the stroke she was aiming for level six [in her SATs] but dropped a lot regarding her memory.” She said the hospital didn’t think she would be ready for the tests but, thanks to Shannon’s determination and the ‘brilliant help’ from Mablins Lane Primary, she not only took her SATs but got level five in everything. Shannon Manning has to work hard every day to learn how to do tasks which were once second nature to her - like walking. She received a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award from the Stroke Association, in recognition of her courage and positivity. Her mum, Andrea Wilkinson, said: “Before her stroke, Shannon enjoyed lots of hobbies and interests, including singing in a choir, reading and playing computer games with her friends. She’s currently unable to do these things, but has worked with real determination to improve her attention and concentration, and she’s thrown herself into reading and doing her school work. We’re so proud of how far she has come and how she is overcoming the emotional impact of a long-term condition.” Shannon is now learning to walk again – she can walk short distances but becomes tired suddenly and then has to use a wheelchair. She can now move her left hand but is still unable to use it. She is recieving lots of therapy Shannon is receiving help from teaching assistants.  “They’re there in the background and if I need help I ask them.” she said. “So, things like two handed tasks I need help with.” Click here to read more. Click here to read more. 
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