Anna Panton, Child Stroke Project Manager at the Stroke Association said: “Many people think strokes only happen to older people, so a stroke in a baby or child can come as a big shock. In fact, around 400 childhood strokes occur in the UK each year – that’s more than one a day. Families often don’t know where to turn for information and support. The Child Stroke Project is a collaboration between the Stroke Association and Evelina London Children's Hospital, funded by an ICAP Charity Day, to be there for children, young people, and their families following stroke.”
Today on the projects second anniversary, Dee and Nick are paying thanks to the project for helping them through a very difficult time. Dee said: “We couldn’t believe what we were hearing the day we were told Freddie had a stroke. As new parents, we really under estimated just how much of an impact this will have on us all. Travelling from hospital to hospital, we felt scared and worried about Freddie all the time – this was until the day we met Anna.
Anna was an absolute rock to the family; she supported us on doctor appointments, advice, information, explaining and clarifying everything, and even travelling to meet us at home. We owe so much to Anna for her support; her help through this difficult time has been an absolute lifeline to us all. I now have the confidence to ask questions, understand more about Freddie’s stroke, and most importantly share my experiences with other families thanks to the groups that Anna has signposted us to. When your child has a stroke it’s the most frightening thing you can imagine, but I really don’t think we’d be where we are today without the help from the Stroke Association’s Child Stroke Project and the Evelina Children’s Hospital.”