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Weʼre raising £2,000 to To fund intense physio for my nephew who suffered from a stroke. I will be running the Great South Run to support raising funds

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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In 2011, three days before Christmas one of the worst things that could happen, happened to my 7 year old nephew. He collapsed at home and was unresponsive. Once rushed to hospital they did a brain scan on him and saw a shadow, it could've been a number of things, tumour or brain bleed to name a couple. Nobody even considered a stroke until the next day when he had been placed into a coma and sent to Southampton General hospital for more tests. A stroke?! In a 7 year old boy?! How? Why?
He was slowly brought out of his coma, where the extent of his trauma was exposed. He couldn't talk, swallow, lift his head or even move the right side of his body. At first he didn't even seem to recognise his family. How could this happen to a 7 year old? He stayed in hospital for 6 months receiving daily physio and occupational therapy, but has been left with many disabilities. Things we take for granted that we can do easily, he struggles with, dressing, brushing his teeth, washing himself, even playing computer games. He has right sided weakness which includes limited use of his right hand and relies on a wheelchair to walk distances we would see as a short walk. He has short term memory loss and difficulties with speech. He struggles daily, but he does it all with a smile on his face. Even though he's had to relearn to talk, walk, read, write and many more things.
What caused this? The chicken pox virus!!
As he grows his right sided weakness is causing more problems. He has muscle wastage and a slight curvature of the spine. He needs intense physio to strengthen his core, muscles and right hand but can't receive this on the NHS. He is a child and deserves to live a life to his full potential and anything we can do to ease his struggle is so worth it.
He is an inspiration to anyone who is going through a difficult time in their lives, he carries on trying every day, even though it's hard work and it's not fair he is going through this. I will be running the great south run to support raising funds and hope to show half of Alex's grit and determination

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    • Grace Nye

      Grace Nye

      Sep 19, 2017

      Good luck Barbara we managed the pretty muddy together so I know this will be a breeze for you!!! Go smash it!!! ❤


    • Hayley Styler

      Hayley Styler

      Sep 17, 2017

      To Alex's aunty Barbara, Thank you for doing this selfless act for my best friend👬 I hope you raise lots of money From Rafe 👍👍👍


    • Alison Brodie

      Alison Brodie

      Sep 17, 2017


    • Heather Callow

      Heather Callow

      Sep 16, 2017

      Hope you enjoyed the run.Best of luck to Alex with his therapy,I hope he will make a full recovery


    • Sally Roesch

      Sally Roesch

      Sep 14, 2017

      A big thank you to the Ladies of Stitchup much appreciated


    • lorraine lawley

      lorraine lawley

      Sep 10, 2017

      Good luck with your run.. lucky little boy to have an aunty who cares so much .Lozza Xx


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      lloyds bank

      Sep 10, 2017


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    Barbara Roesch

    Barbara Roesch

    Portsmouth, United Kingdom

    I am 37 and a mother of one. I have never taken on a challenge like the Great South Run, but if Alex can face his daily challenges with a smile on his face, I can run 10 miles. He is my inspiration

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