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6-year-old Oklahoma girl suffers stroke, family talks about her recovery

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ENID, Okla. - It was suppose to be the first exciting day of the new year.  But what happened that day changed an Oklahoma family in an instant.

What one Enid family has endured in the past month and a half was not part of their plan.

6-year-old Addison was a go-getter at everything she did, especially soccer.

New Years day is a day her mom, Andrea Smith, will never forget.

"I rushed into her room screaming 'Addison, Addison.' Basically I found her on the floor. She'd already basically had paralysis to one side of her body.  She couldn't speak to me. She basically was in and out of consciousness, crying," Smith said.

Addison suffered a full-blown stroke.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tami McMichael of the Children's Center in Bethany says the stroke was rare.

"There are only 3,000 strokes in children in the whole United States," McMichael said.

Addison's mom rushed her to the hospital.

"I saw everything that was a stroke but that was my child there and strokes just don't happen to 6-year-olds," Smith remembered. "What's running through my mind: 'Will I ever hear that sweet little voice again?  Will I ever see her walk?"

Addison's life was saved, but a tough opponent was ahead.

Weeks of rehab followed.

Just like soccer, McMichael said Addison went full force at her rehab treatments.

"Despite her problems, she was going to get up and go, there was nothing that was going to keep her down," she said.

This fighter is not letting anything stand in her way.

McMichael said there is still a lot of work ahead.

"There was a significant amount of damage done, but there is so much a child's brain can heal and learn to do with different areas that we can't put a limit on it," she said.

Addison's family is standing beside her every step of the way.

"Until you're in that position and worried about your child living, you don't know love," Smith said.

Love that is pushing this medical setback out of the way so Addison can win this game.

The medical staff at the Children's Center said they can't guarantee a full recovery for Addison, but they wouldn't bet against it.

 

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