A SEVEN-year-old boy suffered a stroke – brought on by chickenpox.
Alex Roantree-Roesch suddenly collapsed in his living room and was found by dad, Mike.
He was rushed to hospital where medics confirmed he had suffered a stroke.
Doctors believe it was connected to the chickenpox he had nine months earlier.
Mike, of Coronado Road in Elson, Gosport, said: ‘It was three days before Christmas, my wife Angie was out doing some shopping at Asda and I was washing up in the kitchen.
‘I heard this bang so I went into the living room and went to pick Alex up.
‘His legs were buckled under him and he was like a rag doll.
‘I asked him where it hurt and got nothing out of him, then he let out this moan, a horrid sort of wail, and then it was like someone flicked a switch and he just switched off.’
Alex added: ‘I lost control of my hands after I was watching cartoons on telly.
‘I don’t really remember much of it.
‘I know I’m not as well as I used to be and I do find some things difficult now.’
Although rare, strokes have a recognised link to chickenpox.
According to the Stroke Association, one child in 25,000 suffers a stroke as a result of the virus because it shrinks the arteries.
Mum Angela, 35, said: ‘The doctors said the only thing they could put it down to was the chickenpox, after they had eliminated everything else.’