A SIX-year-old Drumry girl has completed a 5km walk in aid of the Stroke Association charity – two years after she was left unable to walk or talk following a stroke.

Sophie Fuller was just four years old when she was left with brain damage, a weakness to her right-hand side and behavioural issues due to the impact of the stroke.

It happened months after Sophie had seemingly recovered from chicken pox – but it was later discovered that the illness had narrowed her blood vessels and caused a clot in her brain, triggering a stroke.

Her mum, Tracey, told how her husband Edwin found Sophie collapsed one Sunday morning.

Within a few hours, as her face began to droop and her body was pulsating, she was rushed to hospital.

Two years on, Sophie, a pupil at Linnvale Primary School, still suffers from several side effects but is a happy, bubbly member of her school’s P2 class.

Tracey told the Post: “Sophie is so determined. She still uses a wheelchair sometimes but she is adamant she won’t be different to anyone else.

“She has been going to school part-time as she gets tired really easily, but if you met her you wouldn’t believe she had a stroke.

“We had arranged to do the charity walk on March 15, but everything was cancelled due to coronavirus.

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“Sophie and her older sister Courtney were supposed to take part and had raised £670, so we decided to do it this week.

“Sophie walked it and we took the wheelchair too.

“She was in and out of it but she is a wee fighter so she wasn’t going to give up and let her weakness beat her.”

Tracey told how Sophie, who also has an older brother, 19-year-old Connor, has also endured anxiety and mood changes as a result of the stroke.

She now takes daily medication to manage the consequences, and will remain at high risk of blood clots for the rest of her life.

The schoolgirl will also be monitored regularly using MRI scans, as her blood vessels are still as narrow as they were two years ago.

Tracey added: “It’s scary. It has been life changing for Sophie and for her siblings – you are constantly aware of her risks.

“Connor and Courtney have been great and it helps that they understand what has happened because they’re that bit older. They just adore her.”

Tracey, Courtney and Sophie completed the race close to home, with neighbours clapping and cheering for them on their return.

Tracey hopes their fund-raising will go a small way towards supporting other families affected by stroke and raise awareness of the potential for children to also suffer.