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WHEREAS, in the United States, 1 in approximately 4,000 newborns and 2,000 children will have a stroke per year; and
WHEREAS, 60% of pediatric stroke survivors will have permanent neurological challenges; and
WHEREAS, pediatric stroke survivors could have learning and neurological difficulties, epilepsy, or permanent one-sided weakness; and
WHEREAS, side effects from a pediatric stroke is classified under the IDEA Traumatic Brain Injury special education category; and
WHEREAS, faster identification in emergency care, early diagnosis, and commencement of treatment of pediatric stroke greatly improves chances of recovery and prevention of recurrence; and
WHEREAS, more research is needed to identify the needs of these children throughout their lifetime as well as support for caregivers;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2021 as PEDIATRIC STROKE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.