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Boone County boy continues recovery from stroke

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (John Gumm) -- Students at New Haven Elementary in Boone County aren't required to wear uniforms but on Thursday, many of the students there will be wearing the exact same t-shirt in support of one of their classmates.

Imagine your seven-year-old child playing with his friends. At the worst you might expect your child to get some bumps, some bruises, typical stuff. The last thing you would expect is for your perfectly healthy child to suffer a massive, life-threatening stroke. That's exactly what happened to Aiden and it has dramatically changed his life.

Aiden Putnam has a unique way of playing baseball. "I have the glove in my hand, then I throw it up in the air then I catch it and I throw it.." Pretty good, considering he had a stroke just four years ago. "He played three rounds of laser tag and on the last round he collapsed in the laser tag arena."

"They transferred him to A-7, which is the neuro floor of Children's Hospital and immediately upon his transfer he suffered a massive stroke," says Aiden's mother, Jennifer.

Aiden was lucky to survive, his road to recovery was long and difficult.
Months of rehab and therapy, walking, talking, eating cereal, Aiden had to learn it all again. "We kind of petered down to two days a week, then one day a week, now he is only seeing an occupational therapist one day a week, and he does do P.T. and speech therapy at school."

Thursday, Aiden turns eleven. He'll celebrate with his friends at school,  all of them wearing Team Aiden t-shirts to show their support.

And that unique style of playing ball? It seems to be working out for Aiden just fine. "I got some hits, like some pop flies and the catcher didn't catch, them so I got on base."

In addition to selling those Team Aiden shirts at his school, the Putnams are also raising money for the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, by participating in a walk this weekend in Louisville.

The walk is Saturday at Tom Sawyer State Park. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.  As far as what caused Aiden's stroke, doctors still aren't sure.

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