If you think that strokes only occur in the elderly, you might want to take a look at this incredible story. First grader, Erica Wilcox began experiencing a “fizziness” in one hand. Her parents noticed that she was writing and using her arm in a peculiar way, and by the end of the day, she couldn’t even stand. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but with more testing it was revealed that she had experienced a stroke.
It was later determined that Wilcox had a rare condition called moyamoya that affects the brain. Moyamoya presents a poor blood supply to the brain. Patients with moyamoya often experience strokes due to the lack of blood suppy to the brain. Wilcox was sent in for immediate surgery to free her brain from this condition.
After a month following surgery, Wilcox has returned to function, using her right hand. In a few weeks, she will be able to return to playing outside with friends. Because this condition was detected early, necessary steps were taken to ensure that this brain disorder would not cause her any more strokes. Early detection is key to treatment. Make sure that your kids have regular check-ups.
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