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Coco’s story

Coco loves Power Rangers, drumming, painting – and attending school.

On Good Friday 2015 Coco was rushed to hospital. One minute she was laughing with her brother the next she was unconscious. An unsuspected arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in her brain had burst causing a devastating stroke. She was just six years old. She was not expected to recover.

But she pulled through. She has since re-learnt to walk, talk and other everyday skills thanks to rehabilitation first at The Children’s Trust in Surrey and, for the past 18 months, from Woodstar School and Nursery.

Her mum Victoria says: “Coco has Conductive Education sessions, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy, alongside National Curriculum and functional life skills learning. She also has music therapy and drumming lessons.”

What does Coco like best about school? She says: “I love doing hard work in English and Maths and playing with my friends!”

Victoria adds: “Coco is so happy and she’s doing really well.  With the expert help she’s getting she now has a chance at an independent life full of wonder and possibility.”

This article first appeared in Haringey People magazine, December 2017.