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BRAVE TEEN STROKE SURVIVOR TO COMPLETE 5K FUN RUN

In January 2018, Chloe Jaques, 17, from Liverpool suffered from a sudden ischaemic stroke on the right side of her brain.

“I had a stroke in my bedroom and collapsed on the floor. I was rushed to A&E at the Royal Hospital where they carried out an MRI scan and found a blood clot on my brain” Chloe explained.

An ischaemic stroke blocks the blood supply to the brain and starves the brain of oxygen and nutrients. As a result, brain cells are damaged. The sooner someone is treated for an ischaemic stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

“I was transferred to The Walton Centre which specialises in Neurology and put into a medically induced coma for 2 days while they performed a thrombectomy and removed 90% of the blood clot”.

Chloe’s stroke left her with swelling on her brain and severe weakness on the left side of her body.

“I was unable to hold things in my left hand and couldn’t walk anymore. I thought 17 was too young to have a stroke but it turns out my age was actually on my side during my recovery” Chloe said.

Fast-forward six months and Chloe is taking part in her first 5k event at Big Fun Run in Croxteth Country Park on Sunday 19th August raising funds for The Walton Centre as a thank you to the trust for saving her life.

Big Fun Run events are the perfect way for the local community to fundraise for a cause they really care about.

“The Walton Centre’s Neurology department is one of the biggest and busiest in the UK and they are the people that saved my life”.

“The care I received from the amazing nurses there was incredible. I then spent 3 weeks in the Stroke Ward at the Royal Hospital after my surgery at The Walton Centre and learned to walk again and work on building the strength back in my left arm and hand”.

Big Fun Run attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about participants having fun and raising funds for a charity close to their heart.

“I am now able to thankfully walk as normal but have limited use of my left hand and suffer from extreme fatigue. Despite this I am determined to complete my first 5K!”.

The Big Fun Run promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2018. To find out more about the 2018 Series and find events near you, visit www.bigfunrun.com.

To read more about Chloe’s story and donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/qeh7yf-5k-run