8-Year-Old Boy Suffers from Stroke

Stroke Hits 8-Year-Old Boy

CHILD STROKE – Maria Ria Serevilla, a mother from Angono, Rizal, is seeking help after her 8-year-old son, Krian, suffered a stroke.

Krian was sleeping when he suddenly woke up and began crying. His mother noticed that he couldn’t speak, his saliva was flowing, and he was pointing to his head. He also experienced vomiting, and the right side of his body, particularly his hand and feet, became paralyzed. His smile was uneven, indicating signs of a stroke.

Maria recognized the symptoms, following the FAST protocol, which checks for Face, Arm, Speech, and Time. She noted Krian’s mouth was crooked, and half of his body was weak, unable to speak, prompting his immediate rush to the hospital.

Doctors discovered a ruptured vein in Krian’s brain, but thanks to early detection, he regained his ability to speak and eat normally. However, he still struggles with opening his arms, walking, and lacks strength, leading him to pause his education. Maria had to cease working to provide full-time care for her son.

Despite his challenges, Krian remains determined to recover so he can continue his studies. His family is appealing for assistance to cover medical expenses and support Krian’s rehabilitation journey.

Meanwhile, according to stanfordchildrens.org, stroke in children is a rare but serious condition where blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain injury. It can be caused by various factors like blocked blood vessels or bleeding in the brain. Certain conditions like heart problems, sickle cell disease, and infections increase the risk.

Symptoms vary by age but may include seizures, weakness on one side of the body, or trouble speaking. Diagnosis involves a review of symptoms and various tests. Treatment includes immediate measures like IV fluids and medication, along with addressing underlying causes. Physical, occupational, and rehabilitation therapy are often needed for recovery.

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