What is a perinatal stroke?
Perinatal stroke is a stroke in a fetus or newborn. It is a common cause of cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
Diagnosis of this condition requires brain imaging.
There are different types of perinatal stroke. Each has different causes.
Clara had a stroke in her mom's womb, which caused extensive brain damage.
In her case, it was an accident; doctors didn't find any reason why it happened.
After seeing the MRI they said clara would be a vegetable. We are so grateful she is not!
In one study, perinatal stroke affected about one in 3,500 live births.
About 65% of children with perinatal stroke will have permanent neurological deficits.
These may include one-sided weakness, epilepsy, speech and language difficulties, visual impairments, learning and memory problems, and behavior changes.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
As a family, we decided to accept Clara's diagnosis and do everything we could so she would have a fulfill life.