Two thirds of the children suffer from severe neurological consequences such as hemiplegia, speech disorders or epileptic seizures, anxiety/depression, chronic fatigue and behavioural abnormalities throughout their lives. Only 20 to 30 percent of children's strokes are diagnosed within 6 hours, so that 70 to 80 percent of the affected children are delayed in diagnosis and therapy. Rapid diagnosis and adequate therapy design are essential for the outcome and prognosis of treatment.
The Dr. von Haunersche Children's Hospital in Munich has been working intensively on the issue of children's stroke for around three and a half years. During this time, new structures were created and the first children's stroke ward was created. In the pediatric intensive care unit, there are always two beds for children with suspected strokes.
The Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation supports the Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe (German Stroke Aid Foundation) by providing start-up funding for the Pediatric Stroke Center of the Dr. von Haunersche Kinderspital for acute care and long-term care for those small patients who are acutely affected by a stroke or have to cope with the long-term consequences. This enabled the establishment of a research centre, a doctor's office in paediatric neurology and the purchase of medical equipment.