Boy, 6, nearly dies from brain bleed after hitting his head in the playground
14:01 GMT, 12 April 2012
A six-year-old boy collapsed and
almost died from a dangerous brain bleed after hitting his head in the
Charley Brooks had been playing with his friends at his school in Plymouth, when he took a tumble during his
He was playing on some mud when he slipped backwards and banged his head on a brick wall.
Charley Brooks with his mother Lai-Yin. He collapsed an hour after leaving school
When his mother, Lai-Yin Brooks, picked him up at 3pm she was told Charley had bumped his head and had been given an icepack.
On their way home Charley told his mother he wasn't feeling well and within an hour he had vomited and started slurring his speech.
His concerned father took him to the local GP surgery where he collapsed and stopped breathing.
He was revived before being rushed to Derriford Hospital where a scan showed a large clot under his skull which was putting pressure on the left side of his brain.
Charley was immediately transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where he spent the weekend in an induced coma and a week receiving treatment, with his father Andrew by his side.
The brave schoolboy is now recovering at home after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on March 16.
Charley will return to Derriford in May for further check ups but he is expected to make a full recovery. He is due back in school next week.
Lai-Yin, aged 40, said: 'We still can't
believe what happened. The last couple of weeks have been hard. His
stitches are out and he's doing all right. We don't think there will be
any lasting affects, which is a huge relief.'
Charley spent a week at Frenchay Hospital in an induced coma
'You can never be too cautious when dealing with head injuries,' said Luke Griggs, spokesperson for Headway – the brain injury association.
'Even seemingly innocuous injuries can have potentially serious consequences, so if a parent or teacher is in any doubt, they should seek medical attention for the child.
'At the same time, it is not always easy to recognise when there is a serious problem, particularly with young children who are prone to falling over and grazing their knees or bumping heads in the playground.
'Close supervision after a head injury is vital and there are warning signs to look out for that would indicate a need to immediately seek medical attention.
'For example, if the individual experiences any nausea or vomiting, drowsiness, loss of balance, problems understanding or speaking, or blurred vision, they should be immediately taken to their local A&E department.'
Montpelier Primary School said they have thoroughly checked their actions and procedures after the 'extremely rare accident'.
Mrs Brooks says she is planning to
run the Lochaber Marathon in Scotland for the Children's Trust to help
other sick youngsters as a thank you to medical staff.