Young girl has been left with severe brain damage after mum thought she was just suffering from gastro.
Six year old, Amelia Gryadunova, from Beverley Park in southern Sydney, was found unresponsive before school on the morning of July 13.
Her mother Katia initially decided to let her daughter stay home to rest after she didn’t wake up – assuming she was struck down with gastro, reports Daily Mail. Amelia had actually suffered a stroke.
‘On the morning of the 13th of July, our 6-year old daughter did not wake up for school during her usual waking hour.
‘I put it down to what I thought was gastro the night before and decided to stay home and let her sleep for as long as she needs.’
But by 10am, the mother-of-three immediately became concern when her daughter still wouldn’t move after she tried to wake her up.
The little girl was rushed to hospital shortly before the family were told to prepare for the worse after they found severe bleeding in her head.
‘Half an hour after our arrival to the hospital, I was called into the room by the head of the emergency department and a social worker to tell me that our daughter was on life support,’ the mother said.
‘The inside of her head is three-quarters filled with blood and that I should call other members of the family.’
‘Our happiness was short-lived as we discovered that due to severe brain damage caused by the bleed (which we later found out was caused by a burst artery in her brain),’ her mother said.
‘Amelia lost her speech as well as movement and sensation to her left side to the extent that she could not even hold her head.’
The family have set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for her ongoing medical expenses.
Generous family, friends and strangers have so far raised more than $22,000 within four days since the campaign started.
‘We are staying positive and hopeful that Amelia’s recovery will continue and to give her the best possible quality of life,’ her mother added.
‘The window of opportunity for Amelia’s recovery is very short and timing is crucial, and this is where we ask for your help. None of it can be a little bit more than ever.’
Katia adds, “It has been a tough 3 months for many of us – myself and Amelia at the hospital, my husband and our 2 boys at home, our extended family and the local community, with everyone who knew and loved Amelia affected in some way by this tragedy.
“With the amazing work of our doctors and the neuro rehabilitation team, Amelia has been making a slow but steady recovery – her speech and cognitive functions are improving every day, she has gained the sensations back in her left arm and is even doing some supervised short-distance walking.”
To make a donation, please visit Little Amelia’s Stroke Recovery GoFundMe.
We wish little Amelia all the best and hope she continues to improve x
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