‘Horror film’ moment mum watched 5-year-old daughter’s face drop during severe stroke

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Victoria Fisher was just five years old when she was left with a third of her brain damaged after she collapsed at school with a stroke before experiencing a second one in hospital

Victoria was just 5 when she collapsed at school and was unable to smile or life her both arms above her head
Victoria was just 5 when she collapsed at school and was unable to smile or life her both arms above her head

A schoolgirl who was left partially paralyzed after she suffered two strokes at the age of five is now asking strangers to help her regain independence.

Victoria Fisher, from South Croydon, London, was a fit and healthy little girl when she suddenly collapsed at school and was unable to use one side of her body in November 2019.

Her mum, Laura Hindle, 38, watched in disbelief as she was rushed to hospital where she suffered a second stroke, leaving a third of her brain damaged and paralyzing the left side of her body.

Now eight years old, Victoria still suffers with hemiplegia (severe weakness on her left side), causing extreme fatigue and difficulty completing certain tasks.

Stay at home mum, Laura told The Mirror : “I still to this day cannot get my head around it, it’s horrific.







Victoria in intensive care after collapsing with a stroke
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“I had received a call from her school to say that she had taken a bit of a tumble in the playground but she was fine, so I said ‘thanks for letting me know’ and didn’t worry too much.

“But then a couple of hours later I got another call to say she was very ill and I needed to come right away because they had called her an ambulance.

“When I got there she had completely collapsed, she was just slumped up against one side of the room.

“She couldn’t talk to me or anything.

“When the paramedics got there they asked her to put her hands above her head, but she could only lift her right arm.







Victoria had a visible drop on one side of her face and was unable to move her left side
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Mum Laura described the moment she watched her daughter’s face drop as something out of a ‘horror film’
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“Then they asked her to smile and there was a visible drop on one side.

“For a split second it crossed my mind ‘she’s had a stroke’.

“But then I told myself don’t be ridiculous, children don’t have strokes.”

Victoria was rushed to hospital where tests confirmed Laura’s worst fears – she had experienced a stroke, but doctors were unable to determine any trigger or cause.

Only the following day, while waiting for a scan with her parents in the hospital, Victoria experienced a second severe stroke, leaving her left side paralyzed and damaging 30 per cent of her brain.

Mum of four Laura said: “We were walking down the corridor and she turned around and said ‘my headache is coming back’.

“Just as she put her hand to her head, she collapsed.

“I had never heard of a child having a stroke, I was in shock, we couldn’t get to grips with what the doctors were talking about until they showed us her scans and we saw the damage.

“To actually witness my child’s face visibly dropping on one side was horrific, it was like something out of a horror film.”

After extensive research, Laura has discovered a machine which would give Victoria the use of her arm again, by stimulating the nerves which send messages to the limb from the brain.







Victoria before her strokes, which damaged a third of her brain
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Now Victoria has been left with limited use of her left arm
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Victoria has already benefited from temporary use of the Saebo-stimulator Pro machine in the weeks after her strokes while recovering at The Children’s Trust for children with brain injuries.

But now Laura is desperate to give her daughter a “normal life” after admitting that some children have already started teasing Victoria for her injury.

Now Laura has set up a GoFundMe to raise £1,000 for the machine and therapy to help Victoria, with any proceeds spent on further rehabilitation which could help a normal lifestyle.

She said: “People that don’t know Victoria might just think that she has had an injury because of her walk.

“But she experiences extreme fatigue and she has a tendency to fall over a lot.

“She’s already had some grief from other kids being unkind saying things like ‘you can’t play with us because you only have one arm’.

“It’s difficult because children often don’t understand things they can’t see and a stroke is something you can’t see.







Victoria with her younger brother Joshua before she suffered her stroke
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Now Victoria’s smile is still slightly affected as a result of the hemiplegia or weakness on her left side
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“It’s heartbreaking to watch her sometimes because she wants so badly to be able to do something as simple as remove a pen lid without having to ask someone to do it for her, or putting her school tie on.

“She’s such a bright and bubbly little girl, she loves dancing and playing just like any other child of her age.

“I want her to have access to everything anyone can expect from a normal life like being able to do her makeup when she gets older.

“I always tell her, you’re no different to anybody else, you just need a bit more time.”

To donate to Victoria’s fundraiser, click here.

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