A BOY of eight is not allowed too much fun — as it could kill him.
Corey Adel has mini-strokes if he gets excited due to a condition that cuts blood to his brain.
North News and Pictures Jade Snowdon Abbott is forced to limit the fun that her son Corey Adel has due to his rare condition
He still has at least five a week despite surgery to increase the flow and Corey is on medication to control his MoyaMoya, a rare, progressive disease.
Mum Jade Snowden, 29, of Hough ton-le-Spring, Co Durham, said: “It’s very difficult as a mum to put a limit on fun — but I have no choice.
“We let Corey on his trampoline ten minutes here, ten there but we question everything.
“Will he be okay? Are we near a hospital? Going to the park can set him off. He loves dogs but can’t stroke them. He can get hyper. He loves dogs so it’s heartbreaking.”
Corey was diagnosed with MoyaMoya disease last year. He was rushed to hospital after he lost the ability to speak while having a bath.
Medics told Jade he had suffered a stroke and multiple mini strokes.
Jade added: “When he had his first stroke it was terrifying. He was watching television and said he was tired.
I thought the doctor was joking. Strokes are something that happen to old people, not little boys.
“I ran him a bath but while he was in it he went floppy and started mumbling. My mum had suffered a stroke so I knew the signs.
“I’d never heard of the disease. I thought the doctor was joking. Strokes are something that happen to old people, not little boys.
“Our life changed completely overnight.”
In March 2019, Corey had surgery on both sides of his brain at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
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He is on medication to minimise the risk of strokes, and Jade manages the condition as best she can by trying to keep him calm.
Jade added: “I couldn’t be any prouder of Corey. He takes everything in his stride.
“I want people to know about it, as another parent could find themselves in my situation.”
Elizabeth Kiss, who had a stroke at 13, has won a Life After Stroke Adult Courage Award