Childhood Stroke Recovery
Stroke Podcast Episode 33 – Peter Dempsey is recovering from Aphasia after a Childhood Stroke when he was only four years of age.
According to aphasia.org Aphasia is described as “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma, from brain tumors, or from infections.”
Childhood Stroke Facts
According to the Stroke Foundation in Australia,
- Stroke is among the top ten causes of death in childhood with the highest mortality in the first 12 months of life.
- The incidence (number of new cases per year) of stroke is around 2 per 100,000-population.2 • Approximately one third of all cases occur in children less than one year of age.
- Stroke affects between 1 in 2,300-5,000 newborns.4
- 50-85% of survivors of stroke will be left with long term problems which may include seizures, physical disability, speech or learning difficulties.
- 20-40% of children have recurrent strokes.
Go to strokefoundation.org.au to find out more.
As for Peter the stroke caused the entire right hand side of his body to be paralysed and limit his ability to move and communicate.
His childhood was challenged as he experienced bullying, the breakdown of his family unit, and became depressed & overweight to cope with the trauma of the stroke.
Today, Peter has been able to turn his experiences into a positive and now shares his inspirational & motivational story as a Professional Speaker to train mentor; coach & hundreds of people to live life powerfully no matter what mental obstacles are being faced or what challenges they are being dealt.
Connect with Peter here – https://www.facebook.com/peter.dempsey1
Watch the YouTube episode of the stroke podcast here.
Check out other episodes of stroke recovery here.