Clara’s Special Appeal

Clara was just three years old when she had two strokes. They left her struggling to communicate. So instead she began to rely on her drawing to communicate. Here is her story.

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Karen was saying goodnight to her daughter Clara when she noticed that something was seriously wrong.

Clara was slurring her words. Then her face dropped and she was suddenly unable to hold up her arm. Karen bundled her daughter into the car and drove straight to hospital.

There, she was told that Clara had a stroke. Clara was just three years old.

"I kept thinking this can’t be happening. She’s a child.
She can’t be having a stroke."

Karen, Clara's mum

Within three hours she was unable to speak or move

Thanks to her mum’s F.A.S.T acting, Clara is making a brave recovery. Clara is now seven and still has a weakness in her right side. She is one of the lucky ones.

It may shock you to learn that strokes can happen at any age – even to small babies and toddlers like Clara. And the damage caused by those strokes is simply enormous.

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Why you should donate

Strokes are Ireland’s third biggest killer

Strokes cause more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer combined. And every year another 10,000 people will suffer the devastating effect of a stroke.​​​​​​​

Will you help us continue that vital work?

With your support we can help unlock the secrets of one of Ireland’s greatest causes of disability.