Childhood Stroke

2015-0629 Childhood Stroke
About 100 people gather to celebrate the homecoming of Seth Hunter, a 9-year-old who suffered a stroke in May, as they line up on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Linden Elementary School. Picture credit: Jake May | MLive.com

Many people think of stroke as a condition that mostly affect adults and senior citizens, but that is not always the case. Jiquanda Johnson wrote an article about Seth Hunter, a 9 year old boy, who had a stroke while playing basketball with a few friends.

Excerpt from Article by Jiquanda Johnson | MLive

LINDEN, MI — Jen Hunter’s eyes filled with tears as she watched supporters surround her son at Linden Elementary school.

The group was there to welcome 9-year-old Seth Hunter home after he had a stroke that left him hospitalized for a little more than a month.

“It’s just so emotional,” Hunter said. “I never expected so many people to show up. Today is a new day for us. Today is a good day.”

To read the complete article, click here.

Child strokes

According to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, stroke is among the top 10 causes of death in children between the ages of 1 and 19, and five in every 100,000 children from birth to age 19 are at risk. The group’s website also says 60 percent of children who survive strokes have permanent neurological problems.

Warning signs

  • Vision disturbance
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Problems with speaking or understanding speech
  • Headaches
  • Seizures

Credits

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Thanks to Jiquanda Johnson for writing the article; MLive for committing its resources to the article; Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association for contributing to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture and text in this post.

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