THE family of a Runcorn schoolboy was shocked to discover he had suffered a stroke on his fifth birthday.

Liverpool FC fan Callum Jones was playing on his new scooter in March this year when he fell off.

His mum Leanne, 39, from Windmill Hill, said: “Callum got a new scooter for his birthday and was playing outside when he fell off and started shaking.

“We thought he was having seizures or epileptic fits and took him to hospital.”

Callum was originally diagnosed and treated for epilepsy but continued to have seizures.

After several scans and tests doctors realised that Callum had actually been experiencing mini-strokes before having a full stroke in May.

Five months later, Callum has made a good recovery physically but still has problems with his left arm and his speech and behaviour have also been affected.

Leanne said: “Callum was left handed so we’re now trying to move everything to his right arm. He still has a lot of challenges and has lost a few years cognitively.

“He has never been affected or upset by it. He is just a resilient little boy.

“He is a happy go lucky boy, a cheeky chappy who laughs all the time.”

Callum has now returned part time to St Berteline’s C of E Primary School in Windmill Hill with personal education support.

His family is now keen to raise awareness.

Leanne said: “I’d never heard of a child having a stroke. If I had known, I could have fought more.

“Now I want to raise awareness and funds to help other families.”

Callum and his family will attend the childhood stroke support and information day on Saturday from 10am to 4pm at Liverpool Central Libraries before taking part in a 5k run to raise funds.

To donate visit http://bitly/2yzPUzQ .

Places at the support day are limited. To register visit or call Anna on 07715 065 925 or e-mail