Lewis White, 13, now only communicates with his family through blinking after suffering a catastrophic brain haemorrhage (Image: liverpoolecho.co.uk/)
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A 13-year-old boy can only communicate by blinking after suffering a massive stroke at the age of seven.
Lewis White suffered a catastrophic brain haemorrhage after a stroke six years ago and is no longer able to speak to his family.
The determined boy, who was left severely disabled by the stroke, is now wheelchair bound and unable even to lift his head, Liverpool Echo reports.
Mum Sharon, 48, said the stroke came out of the blue and devastated her "happy boy" while he was at home during the school holidays.
Lewis White has battled multiple strokes since the tender age of seven
(Image: Daily Post Wales)
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The mum-of-three, of Flintshire in Wales, said: "He'd been feeling a little bit poorly. He'd had a sickness bug for a couple of days.
“It was exactly as you'd see it. The right side of his face dropped and he couldn't use his right side.”
Lewis was rushed to intensive care at Wrexham hospital and blue lighted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool the next morning.
Sharon and her husband Daniel were told the devastating news their son had suffered a massive stroke and he would need to relearn how to speak and eat again through physiotherapy.
Lewis was a normal, happy seven-year-old when he had his first stroke at home
Doctors also discovered Lewis had Pan Vasculitis affecting his brain, liver, kidneys, spleen and bowel. Without treatment, the condition would result in organ failure.
As part of his treatment, Rocky fan Lewis was given chemotherapy and put on high dose steroids and immunosuppressants.
The determined schoolboy would listen to the Rocky theme tune as he battled through therapy and towards recovery.
But in early 2019, a routine scan showed Lewis' Pan Vasculitis had caused damage to blood vessels in his brain.
Lewis was diagnosed with Pan Vasculitis and given chemotherapy among other treatments
This caused him to suffer mini strokes which would eventually cause larger strokes.
Later that year, he had a ten-hour operation to improve the blood flow to his brain but his condition deteriorated and further strokes damaged the left side of the organ.
Having to spend Christmas in Alder Hey in 2019, Sharon remained by her son's side as they watched the Christmas lights being switched inside the hospital.
She said: " Afterwards I took him back upstairs and he was talking to me about it and then he just started screaming with a pain in his head.
"The crash team came in, the artery had burst on the left side.
Lewis with pet dog Lola
(Image: Daily Post Wales)
"He had an operation at one o'clock in the morning. The bleed shunted his brain over to the right side of his head and it swelled.
“We were told it was unlikely they would be able to save him.”
Medics miraculously saved Lewis' life but a scan in early 2020 showed he had suffered colossal brain damage and would unlikely recover.
Sharon said: “We think his personality is still there but he's severely disabled now. He can't hold his head up or anything.
“We think he might be communicating by blinking but we don't know. We think he's responded to us.
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“He loves his films and music and that's why when we're moving his arms and legs we play the Rocky theme tune just to try and reach him.”
Sharon's friends Laraine and Lynsey have set up a JustGiving page to raise money for equipment to make Lewis' life more comfortable and help with his rehabilitation.
At home he only has access to two rooms due to the size of his wheelchair and has no access to any bathroom facilities.
Sharon said the family is thankful for the messages and support they have received from the community and hospital staff.
She added: “Lewis hasn't given up. He's still that determined little boy underneath.
"We want to give him the best quality life we can give him, whatever that may be.”