Two thirds of children suffer a lifetime of severe neurological consequences such as paralysis of one side of the body (hemiplegia), speech disorders or seizures, and anxiety/depression, chronic fatigue, and behavioural abnormalities. Only 20 to 30 per cent of childhood strokes are diagnosed within 6 hours, which means that there are delays in diagnosis and treatment for 70 to 80 per cent of affected children. A fast diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for the outcome and prognosis of treatment.
For about three and a half years, the Hauner Children's Hospital in Munich has been intensively working on issues related to childhood stroke. During this time, new structures were created and the first child stroke station was built. In the paediatric intensive care unit, two beds for children with suspected stroke symptoms are always available.
The Regine Sixt Children's Aid supports the German Stroke Foundation with start-up funding for the paediatric stroke centre at Hauner Children's Hospital for acute care and long-term care for young patients who are acutely affected by a stroke or who are struggling with the long-term consequences. This enabled the creation of a research centre, a doctor's office in children's neurology, and the purchase of medical equipment.