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Barbados: Stroke lands schoolboy, 12, in coma after birthday breakfast


by Shanna Moore (Barbados Today) What began as a joyous 12th birthday celebration for Cole Reuben became a life-changing drama when he began complaining of strange pains in his legs and extreme fatigue. Days later he was in a coma.

Now unable to move, robbed of all but three words of speech, the football-loving pre-teen’s family has pleaded for help to fund urgent healthcare and a path to recovery.

Cole, a first-form student on the honour roll at Christ Church Foundation, and a defender on the school’s Under-14 football team, went out for breakfast with his family on April 5 to celebrate his birthday.

“He sensed that something was wrong due to the way his legs and body were feeling,” mother Nicole Scantlebury said.

“A few tests and a few days later on April 14, he was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).”

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