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Stroke baby makes complete recovery

Luke Johnson suffered a stroke in the left side of his brain

Luke has regained use of all the affected areas in just two years and, following physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy is today leading a normal and active life.

Little Luke Johnson suffered a stroke in the left side of his brain either while he was still in the womb or just after his birth. As a result, he was unable to move the entire right hand side of his body.

 

However, it what appears to be a miraculous recovery, Luke has regained use of all the affected areas in just two years and, following physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy is today leading a normal and active life.

 

According to doctors, babies’ brains are extremely flexible and it is not unusual for them to ‘re-wire’ themselves by re-routing nerve pathways around damaged tissue.

 

As a result of their experience, Luke’s parents are allowing him to take part in a study seeking to develop new treatments for brain damage and cerebral palsy in children. Funded by the medical charity, Action Research, the study is taking place at the St James Spence Institute of Child Health at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Hospital.

 

His mother, Pat – a nurse with NHS Direct – is only too pleased to put Luke forward, saying, ‘It is only be exploring brain function in a child like Luke that doctors will be able to help him and others.’

 

 Strokes in the womb or at birth are responsible for 25% of cases of cerebral palsy in newborns. Approximately 70% of babies who suffer strokes make a full recovery and gain 100% mobility. 

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