Bromsgrove girl makes inspiring recovery a year after stroke

AN eight-year-old Bromsgrove girl has defied all her doctor's predictions by making a inspiring recovery from a stroke.

A year ago Jazmin Coralita, from Catshill, went to bed as normal but woke up two hours later realising something was wrong.

Her parents rushed her to hospital, where she was moved to intensive care and went into a coma.

While in the coma, Jazmin had a stroke. A brain scan revealed internal bleeding and her parents, Kitt and Triny, were told to prepare for the worst.

But just a fortnight later Jazmin amazed everyone by regaining consciousness, and within weeks she was able to leave hospital.

Jazmin had arteriovenus malformation - an abnormal connection between arteries and veins - and the stroke had affected the left hand side of her body.

Kitt said: "The stroke caused a complete change in her personality, which her friends found very hard, but she is so determined to get better.

"She has found it a real challenge to understand what happened to her and why she went from the top of the class to the bottom.

"She is constantly writing and practicing her maths to get better.

“We are so proud of Jazmin - it has been very hard for her."

The youngster was nominated for a Stroke Association award and last Thursday, (November 28), Jazmin discovered she had been awarded a highly commended life after stroke certificate.

Jazmin received her certificate from Michael Squire, Hilton Bromsgrove manager, at a special awards evening at the hotel.

She was nominated for the award by her parents and the family's support worker, Charlotte Krivosic.

“Jazmin has taught everyone that life is for living and to make the most of what you have," she said.

"No matter what she has been through, Jazmin always has a gorgeous smile on her face.

"She is an inspiration to everyone.”

Also recognised on the evening was another Bromsgrove resident, Denise Mounter.

Her husband Ian had a stroke in 2010 that affected his mobility and behaviour, leaving him struggling to communicate.

Mrs Mounter was also awarded a highly commended certificate, recognising the care and support she has provided during his recovery.

“Life changed completely when Ian had his stroke," she said.

"He’d been very close to retirement and we made plans for our future. I still can’t believe this has been taken from us.

“Caring isn’t something that comes naturally to me, but I was determined Ian should make his recovery at home with his family."

For more on the Stroke Association, which has its national headquarters in Bromsgrove, visit stroke.org.uk.

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