A YOUNG girl who suffered a stroke as a ten-year-old has been recognised for her courage and determination.

Emily Simpson was just about to take her dog for a walk when she collapsed in a heap at her home in July 2012.

Her father Terry noticed her face had drooped and she was limp down one side so took her straight to hospital where she suffered a second stroke which required emergency surgery.

After many tests, the 12-year-old was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Vasculitis and was left with an acquired brain injury which affected her communication and cognitive skills.

After undergoing months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation she now attends Bishopsgarth School where she is making excellent progress with her reading and writing.

Emily’s mother Carolyn nominated her for the Stroke Association’s Young Persons Courage Award, saying: “When we saw Emily had the symptoms of stroke, we couldn’t believe it as we thought she was far too young. Emily was an intelligent little girl, learning to play the guitar, violin and the trumpet and had plenty of living to do.

“Throughout all of this, Emily has kept her sense of humour, determination and smile. She has made amazing progress and continues on the long road to recovery. Without a doubt, she has been very brave and is an inspiration to us all.”

The Eaglescliffe youngster received her Highly Commended certificate from Dr Satinder Sanghera, who had a stroke at the age of 20, which affected her right side and caused expressive dysphasia.

The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers. For more information visit www.stroke.org.uk/LifeAfterStrokeAwards