Mum recalls ‘truly awful’ time after son’s sudden stroke at 16 months old

PUBLISHED: 17:33 03 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:58 03 October 2013

Isabella Dart, Jenny Dart, Luke Dart, Noah Dart

Isabella Dart, Jenny Dart, Luke Dart, Noah Dart


THE first stroke hit Noah Dart as he walked into the kitchen, resulting in him collapsing screaming to the ground.

He was just 16 months old.

His pregnant mother watched as he fell and rushed him to the QE2 Hospital, where doctors were left puzzled as to what had struck him down.

Looking back on the terrifying ordeal, mum Jenny, 32, said: “I was at home with him, he was only two days short of being 17 months old.

“He got up and went to the kitchen, on the way he let out a horrible scream and collapsed.

“I didn’t really know what to do, I sort of threw him in the car.

“I tried to get his coat on, but he was a bit floppy.

“He kept getting little waves of it and then he would regain his movement.”

Doctors released him, and the next day in his Welwyn Garden City home Jenny saw her first-born hit by another serious attack that left him unable to walk.

Noah, now four, has almost fully recovered after the events, which started on February 1, 2011.

The former administrator recalled the “truly awful” time, weeks after her brave boy started at Ludwick Nursery School.

“It is really surreal looking back now at how far he has come,” said the Vine Close resident.

“It is like a distant memory. We are very lucky in that sense. It is just a memory.”

To mark Noah’s recovery The Stroke Association has organised Noah’s Walk, which will take place in Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, this Sunday, October 6.

The family fundraising day has been organised as part of the national Step Out For Stroke events.

Jenny said: “We are really excited. I think we have always been a bit nervous about explaining to Noah what happened.

“We wanted to do something really positive to really end that chapter and do something good, to give something back to the Stroke Association.”

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