A 12-year old boy, who has survived a staggering eight strokes, now wears a helmet in fear of more.
Alfie Oakley, from Essex, has suffered from “mini strokes” since he was just two years of age. The strokes have left him with permanent brain damage and have seriously limited his mobility, yet the courageous 12-year-old remains resilient.
Alfie also wears a crash helmet for protection, which will protect him from falls if another one strikes.
The first time around, Alfie’s mum and dad couldn’t believe that a child as young as their son could have been a victim of a stroke.
“To us, it’s a miracle he has survived so many when one is enough to kill. We’ve been told no other child has survived as many as Alfie”, said Justine Oakley.
Alfie’s strokes have severely affected his quality of life. Apart from using a wheelchair, he has also had problems in his development and speech.
And after three surgeries to reduce the risk of further strokes, there is still no guarantee he won’t have another.
His parents have set up a fundraising page to help give back Alfie’s independence, raising £1,325 of their £40,000 goal.
“Alfie loves his independence but is now needing to rely more on his wheelchair as things are progressing”, said Ms Oakley.
The money will go towards Alfie’s essential therapy, which Ms Oakley says will make him physically stronger and more independent.
She added: “My son doesn’t ask for anything in life – he is one of the happiest little boys I know.
“He is very strong willed but he really does need some help in the form of therapy before it’s too late.”