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Medical Edge: Pediatric Stroke

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- A mom from Sharonville is launching a new campaign to raise awareness of a serious health concern in children, one we often only hear about in adults.
It's a "baby stroke."  Jeena Watkins' son, Lorenzo, is now a healthy seven-year-old boy who likes to play with many of his classmates at school.

The second grader said, "I like to play, well at school yesterday, yesterday I played soccer, I played basketball."

There was a time however, Jeena wasn't sure Lorenzo would be able to play sports or other games at all. 

Hours after Lorenzo was born Jeena said, "He was basically having seizures and he had to have an MRI and that's when I found out he had a stroke.  And I wanted to make sure I heard properly, because I didn't know that was possible an infant, a baby could have a stroke."

She says even now, years later, she can recall hearing her baby have a stroke.

"That's what they said, he had a stroke in utero.  And I'm thinking what did I do?  Did I do the right thing?  Eat the right food?  Was it my fault?  I blamed myself for six years, that it was my fault," Jeena said.

It was only after Jeena did her own research, much of it online, that she discovered the most common form of stroke happens to babies in one in every 2,800 live births.  As it did for Lorenzo, it can lead to trouble with movement, development and learning.  It can also leave parents such as Jeena feeling very alone.

"We've been going to therapy since he was born, physical therapy, speech therapy, neurology," she explains.
The campaign is called  "Walk A Day In My Shoes."  The second annual walk is May 24th in Winton Woods.  It is open to everyone!

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