Girl, 3, suffers from a stroke caused by chickenpox virus during vacation

A three-year-old girl had a stroke during a caravan holiday to North Wales because of complications of chickenpox.

Lottie Evans was rushed to the hospital by her concerned parents, after they had noticed that her movements had become awkward and could not walk properly.

Doctors of Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, initially although the child suffered from Bell's Palsy, a condition that causes paralysis of the muscles in the face.

But further tests showed that the little girl had had a stroke and doctors warned her parents that she might never walk or talk again, the Daily Post reported.

Her mother, Claire Marriott, said: "At that time we did not think it was a stroke, because most people do not think that children can have strokes.

"We asked if she would recover and they told us she probably would not, which was devastating.

Lottie could not walk or talk and had lost the use of her entire right side.

Her parents rushed her to the hospital after noticing that she could not walk

"We were told that the doctors (at Ysbyty Gwynedd) had only one case where the person had recovered completely."

The symptoms of Lottie first appeared in 2016 when she started to look awkward and dropped drinks before getting irritated and silent during their vacation.

Her mother says that she gradually lost her appetite and slipped from the chairs on the floor.

After awakening from her sleep, she fell over and could not walk anymore, causing her concerned parents to take her to Bangor Hospital in Wales.

Multiple CT scans showed that Lottie had a stroke and the blood supply to her brain had been cut off.

She was quickly transferred the next day to the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, where doctors shed light on her condition.

After two weeks at the hospital Lottie finally got good news: within two years she would recover completely.

Doctors thought they might never be able to recover

Claire added: "At that moment we got a beam of light." Lottie had so many tests during her time on Alder Hey but she improved every day.

"Doctors believe that the stroke was caused by chickenpox, which narrowed an artery in Lottie's neck when she had the virus three months earlier."

Now five years old, Lottie from Warrington, Cheshire, has recovered almost completely after receiving physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

After a routine MRI scan in January 2018, her parents were told that Lottie unfortunately had a second stroke.

Fortunately, there were no lasting effects, but her family is waiting for the results of further tests to identify the cause.

Lottie is now almost completely recovered

Lottie & Way's – a charity that makes people aware of their CVA – has been set up to support other parents and children.

Claire said: "Despite everything that has happened, we consider ourselves blessed, many parents do not get their children home from the hospital after a childhood illness, and tragically around the world, stroke is one of the 10 leading causes of death among children.

"As a parent and faced with uncertainty about what the future will bring and many questions I have submitted to Google for some support – what I have found is that there are currently no UK support groups available for children and so I ended up with many questions always unanswered.

"I would like to get Lottie's story out to give other parents the hope that even though a child gets a childhood illness, there is sometimes a positive outcome in the hope that we can give another parent what we support a bit and positivity, which is not what is currently available.

Charity Lottie & # 39; s Way is now set up for victims of childhood cancer

"Alder Hey was great and took an extra step for Lottie and if it was not for the great care she had and continues to receive, we would not be as hopeful as a family today."

Last month, Lottie was praised for her courage after being nominated for a Life After Stroke Award.

Chris Larkin, director of the Stroke Association in the north, said: "A stroke happens in an instant and often changes lives forever.

"Our regional event highlights the tremendous courage that people like Lottie have shown in rebuilding their lives after a stroke, or in helping others do the same."

Click here for more information about Lottie & # 39; s Way or www.stroke.org.uk

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