Boy's horror as he finds his mum having a stroke in living room

News: Boy’s horror as he finds his mum having a stroke in living room

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A 15-year-old boy was forced into action after he discovered his mother on the floor having a stroke.

Leo Burch from Swaby, near Spilsby, had been in his bedroom at home on July 8 when he heard his mum, Karen Turner, shouting for help.

He rushed downstairs to find his mum struggling to breathe and in pain.

Despite the terrifying situation, Leo had the presence of mind to call an ambulance and helped to ensure she was okay while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

Leo says he didn’t really have time to figure out what was going on when he rushed downstairs.

“My mum called my name and I ran downstairs,” he said. “I got into the living room where I found her struggling to breath. She was in a lot of pain and distress.

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“It’s quite tense – I didn’t know what was going on. I asked her what was going on and she told me she was having a stroke and that she needed an ambulance.”

The terrifying situation then got even worse as his mum began to have a seizure while he was ringing the emergency services.

“It was really scary, this has never happened to me before. ” he said. “It all escalated – I call them and then she slips on the floor and starts to have a seizure.

“The person on the phone told me to put her in the recovery position – they said there was a risk of her being on her back if she was sick.

“They wanted me to ask if she could respond but she wasn’t able to.”

After being told there would be an hour wait for an ambulance, Leo stayed close to his mum and tried to keep her as much as possible.

“I tried to stay calm as best as I could,” he said. “She gained consciousness but she couldn’t remember much about what had happened.

“I waited with her for the hour and I packed my things as I realised we were going to go to the hospital. She then had another seizure before the ambulance got there.

Karen in the hospital after the stroke
(Image: Olivia Onassis)

“The paramedics said she could have choked on her vomit if she wasn’t in the recovery position, so it’s lucky I was there.”

When the ambulance arrived she was taken to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby where doctors found she had a bleed on her brain.

She was then taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and kept on breathing equipment while surgeons performed two operations to try and fix the problem.

Leo says the stroke and subsequent seizures have impacted his mum greatly.

“Since it happened it’s had a lot of side effects,” he said. “She hasn’t been able to work since. They’re recommending she doesn’t work for six months to a year. She won’t be able to drive for that amount of time.”

Karen in the hospital after the stroke
(Image: Olivia Onassis)

Karen, 52, says it was a terrifying experience, but is grateful that her son was there for her when she needed his help.

“I felt a rush of fluid going to my brain,” she said. “I called for my son and by the time he got downstairs my knees were going week. I told him ‘lay me on the floor, I’m having a stroke’.”

She says the next thing she remembers is briefly waking up in the ambulance, before waking up again in hospital.

“I don’t remember getting into the ambulance,” she said. “I woke up in the ambulance, took about four big breaths of oxygen and fell unconscious again.

“The hospital didn’t tell me anything so I was unaware I’d had a stroke until my daughter told me. I thought she was lying but she showed me pictures of machines helping me breath.”

Karen says despite the fact she has been released from hospital she is still recovering from the stroke.

“I was in hospital for seven or eight weeks and I was sleeping most of that time,” she said. “I am able to walk, so I guess I’m quite lucky

“However, my speech was quite bad – when I’m talking sometimes I can’t remember the words. I can’t really sleep because of the pain.”

If you would like to donate money to help Karen’s recovery, you can do so here.



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