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Baby & Beyond: Child stroke is more common than you think

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Stroke in young children is more common than most people realize. The effects can be challenging and life long.

Ayanna Bradford is a cute 5 year old with a bubbly personality. She likes to draw and sing.

Her parents brought her to the hospital on June 2nd after what started as a tummy ache suddenly got a lot worse.They didn't know what was wrong with Yaya, as they call her, until doctors gave her an MRI.

"That's when they pulled us aside and said, 'It's not good. You're going to ICU right now. She had a stroke.' And I can't tell you how hard it was to see the picture and see that side of her brain, how swollen it was and how different it looked from a normal brain," said Mandy Bradford. "She's a fighter. She's a tough cookie.."

She suffered other complications, with her heart, gallbladder and pancreas.

Now, doctors are working on the affects of the stroke. She has a tough time talking and using her left arm and leg.

"Stroke in kids is a lot more common than people think," said Dr. Fernando Acosta. "This does happen to kids. It could be your kid. You never know, It's nothing you ever expect. But you look at her and she smiles all the time and she's happy, and so the personality she has is really going to serve her well to recover from this stroke."

Still, it could be weeks before she can go back home, and she could have lifelong challenges.

"I try to save my crying spells for when she does something great, like today when she moved her arm, " her mother says. "I cried, of course. I keep telling myself I have nothing to be upset about, nothing to fear, she's here."

Call 911 immediately if any of these warning signs appear: sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg...especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, trouble seeing, dizziness, trouble walking, or sudden severe headaches with no known cause.

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