‘Fit and healthy’ student, 19, is left unable to talk after suffering a STROKE when she came home from shift at pub
- Psychology undergraduate Elly Milton, 19, collapsed after working at the pub
- She was saved by her mother who came in when she heard the television on
- From Murdishaw, near Liverpool, she awoke from a coma after two days
- But the student is still numb on her right hand side and is unable to speak
A ‘fit and healthy’ 19-year-old student has been left numb down her right hand side and unable to speak after she suffered a stroke.
Psychology undergraduate Elly Milton collapsed in the living room at her home in Murdishaw, near Liverpool, last Wednesday after she got home from a shift at the nearby pub.
After being rushed to hospital after mother Marie found her on the sofa she underwent brain surgery and was in a coma for two days.
Doctors have said the stroke was caused by a blood clot on her brain.
Psychology undergraduate Elly Milton collapsed at home in Murdishaw, near Liverpool, on Wednesday last week after suffering a stroke
Her mother Marie saved her daughter as she came into the living room, where Elly was lying on the sofa unable to move, when she heard the TV still on
Mother Marie saved her daughter’s life when she came in the living room to check on her daughter, after hearing the television, and found Elly collapsed on the sofa.
Paramedics were called and she was immediately rushed to Whiston hospital and given anti-stroke medication before undergoing brain surgery at the Walton Centre in Aintree.
Her 26-year-old sister Chelsea said the experience ‘has been tough’.
‘It’s hard to see her struggling at the moment; as her elder sister she’s always been my baby.
‘But there’s no other choice for the family than to be strong, and help her to be strong. There’s no other option.’
‘She was fit and healthy and it is not like Elly at all to have to have people do everything for her, so that is difficult at the moment’.
Elly, centre, pictured with her sister Chelsea Holland (left) and mother Marie Milton (Right). After the stroke friends have set up a fundraising page to help the family
A screenshot of the GoFundMe page set up by Evenwood Farm pub, where she worked, to help raise money for the family while Elly remains in hospital
The teenager, who attends Liverpool Hope University, was due to run at the Race for Life in Tatton Park, Cheshire, to raise money for charities following her grandmother’s 12-month battle with breast cancer.
Her mother took her place at the event, which Chelsea described as ‘very emotional’.
She said her sister loves travelling, having recently returned from Mallorca, and is popular among peers on her course.
Efforts are ongoing to find out what caused the blood clot.
Elly’s manager at the Evenwood Farm pub, Sarah Travis, has begun a fundraising campaign to help the teenager’s family with her rehabilitation.
Sarah said: ‘She’s worked for us since she was 16 just after finishing school. She is just a lovely girl and a fantastic member of the team. We have never had any problems with her.
‘She always does things in the right way and properly which is not what you would expect from a teenager.’
Chelsea added: ‘We are just dumbfounded that so many people want to help out.’
Sarah has arranged a charity event at Evenwood Farm, from 8pm on July 12, featuring a raffle, auction and live music plus an appearance from ITV’s This Morning resident doctor Dr Chris Steele.
Tickets are a £5 donation on the door.
Sarah has also set up a crowdfunding page which has already raised £420 for Elly and her family.
In the description it says: ‘When Elly should be out enjoying her life with friends and family she is currently fighting an extremely long hard rehabilitation battle in Whiston Hospital.
‘We at Evenwood Farm have opened this page to raise as much funds as possible to support our gorgeous Elly and her family in the coming months.’
What can cause stroke in young women?
Doctors have recently warned that strokes in young women may be on the rise due to the following factors.
The condition is also more common in women than in men.
As a whole stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US.
1. Being on the pill
Oral contraceptives are known to increase the risk of blood clots which can then cause a stroke.
Heightened levels of estrogen increase blood-clotting factors which, in turn, increase stroke risk.
3. High blood pressure
This can cause strokes in young women as it can develop in their 20s.
The condition is marked by high blood pressure and can appear 20 weeks into a pregnancy. It increases stroke risk and can also be brought on by gestational diabetes.
7. Loneliness and depression
Psychological distress can also put young women more at risk of a stroke. It’s associated with other risk factors such as high blood pressure.