EVEN though her father suffered a stroke months before, Lianne Kidd did not recognise the symptoms in her nine-year-old daughter.
In September last year, Millie Kidd was feeling ill and started slurring her speech.
What her mum did not realise until 10 days later, was that the youngster had suffered a stroke.
Lianne, of Springwood Avenue, Waterlooville, said: ‘Millie was off school because she was feeling poorly.
‘We took her to the doctors, but they said it was nothing.
‘But she was slurring her speech like she was a drunk person and I decided to take her to hospital.’
Millie was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, where tests and an MRI scan revealed she had suffered a stroke.
Further tests found she had a protein deficiency – which causes her blood to clot quicker and putting her at a higher risk of having a stroke.
‘I was absolutely shocked and stunned when I was told,’ added Lianne.
‘I never even realised children could have strokes.
‘My dad had a stroke in March last year.
‘He was 54 then, and I remember thinking he wasn’t old enough to have a stroke.
‘He was overweight and it was a contributing factor.
‘He was going into work with slurred speech, before he went to hospital.
‘But even though Millie had slurred speech for 48 hours, I never made the connection.’
Luckily the Trosnant Junior School pupil has not suffered lasting damage. She now takes tablets to thin her blood.
Millie said that suffering a stroke left her feeling worried and upset.
She said: ‘I was scared and quite upset, I didn’t know what to do, if to worry or cry.
‘I understood about strokes a bit because of my grandad, but I was still scared.
‘I still feel upset that it happened, but the doctor said it might not happen again so I’m glad about that.’
The family have been supported by charity Different Strokes. Visit differentstrokes.co.uk
Strokes more rare in children, says QA doctor
NATIONALLY, about three in every 100,000 children aged 16 and under may suffer from a stroke.
Amanda Freeman is a consultant paediatrician at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.
She said: ‘In the Portsmouth area we have about 110,000 people aged 16 and under, so we have about three cases a year.
‘Children usually have a stroke because they have an underlying health problem.
‘With adults it can be due to high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes or high cholesterol.
‘The outlook for children is better, and if parents suspect there is a problem then they should visit their GP straight away.’