A boy thought to be suffering a severe headache was diagnosed with a STROKE at the age of 14.
Alex Doran collapsed while getting dressed for school after feeling a sharp pain in his head.
He was rushed to hospital where doctors first diagnosed a migraine.
But an MRI scan showed a narrow artery in his neck, Sunday People reports.
Now doctors believe talented swimmer Alex only survived because he is so fit. He is one of only 400 children a year in the UK struck by a stroke.
Mum Sarah, 44, said: “I had always associated it with the elderly and symptoms such as a droopy face and slurred speech.
“Even the hospital doctors didn’t suspect a stroke. His main symptoms were the pain in his head and his eyes were rolling. He was also vomiting. There is a history of migraines in my family and doctors thought that was what he had.”
Alex – who trains up to 16 hours a week with a swimming squad in Salisbury, Wilts, and who has who has a younger brother Thomas, 12 – was put on blood-thinning aspirin and transferred to Southampton Hospital for specialist treatment.
Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.