Amelia Gryadunova with brain damage after suffering stroke


A six-year-old girl has been left with severe brain damage after she suffered a stroke.

Little Amelia Gryadunova, from Beverley Park in southern Sydney, was found unresponsive before school on the morning of July 13.

Her mother Katia initially decided to let her daughter stay home to rest after she didn’t wake up – assuming she was struck down with gastro.

Amelia Gryadunova (pictured in hospital) has showed little signs of improvement after she was left with a severe brain damage following a stroke on the morning of July 13

Amelia Gryadunova (pictured in hospital) has showed little signs of improvement after she was left with a severe brain damage following a stroke on the morning of July 13

Amelia Gryadunova (pictured in hospital) has showed little signs of improvement after she was left with a severe brain damage following a stroke on the morning of July 13

Her mother Katia initially decided to let her daughter stay home to rest after she didn't wake up - assuming she was struck down with gastro

Her mother Katia initially decided to let her daughter stay home to rest after she didn't wake up - assuming she was struck down with gastro

Her mother Katia initially decided to let her daughter stay home to rest after she didn’t wake up – assuming she was struck down with gastro

‘Up until recently, we were a busy working family with 3 children, anticipating the arrival of our 4th, when one morning our life crashed into pieces,’ she wrote.

‘On the morning of the 13th of July, our 6-year old daughter did not wake up for school during her usual waking hour.

‘I put it down to what I thought was gastro the night before and decided to stay home and let her sleep for as long as she needs.’

But by 10am, the mother-of-three immediately became concern when her daughter still wouldn’t move after she tried to wake her up.

The little girl was rushed to hospital shortly before the family were told to prepare for the worse after they found severe bleeding in her head.

‘Half an hour after our arrival to the hospital, I was called into the room by the head of the emergency department and a social worker to tell me that our daughter was on life support,’ the mother said.

‘The inside of her head is three-quarters filled with blood and that I should call other members of the family.’

After spending eight days in a coma at the intensive care unit, Amelia miraculously woke up

After spending eight days in a coma at the intensive care unit, Amelia miraculously woke up

After spending eight days in a coma at the intensive care unit, Amelia miraculously woke up

But after spending eight days in a coma at the intensive care unit, little Amelia miraculously woke up.

However, the family was left reeling once again after the young girl was able to speak or move the left side of her head.

‘Our happiness was short-lived as we discovered that due to severe brain damage caused by the bleed (which we later found out was caused by a burst artery in her brain),’ her mother said.

‘Amelia lost her speech as well as movement and sensation to her left side to the extent that she could not even hold her head.’

And against all odds, Amelia has showed signs of improvement three months on despite initially struggling to move or speak.

Against all odds, the young schoolgirl has showed signs of improvement three months on

Against all odds, the young schoolgirl has showed signs of improvement three months on

Against all odds, the young schoolgirl has showed signs of improvement three months on

The family have set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for her medical expenses

The family have set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for her medical expenses

The family have set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for her medical expenses

‘With the amazing work of our doctors and the neuro-rehabilitation team, Amelia has been making a slow and steady recovery,’ her mother said.

‘Her speech and cognitive functions are improving every day, she has gotten the sensations back in her left arm and is even doing some supervised short-distance walking.’

The family have set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for her medical expenses, including complementary and alternative therapies.

Generous family, friends and strangers have so far raised more than $20,000 within four days since the campaign started.

‘We are staying positive and hopeful that Amelia’s recovery will continue and to give her the best possible quality of life,’ her mother added.

‘The window of opportunity for Amelia’s recovery is very short and timing is crucial, and this is where we ask for your help. None of it can be a little bit more than ever.’

To make a donation, please visit Little Amelia’s Stroke Recovery GoFundMe.