Girl, 13, has been left paralyzed by a mysterious stroke

Nancy Jubb was lying in bed when she felt tingling and “burning” sensations in her legs, which turned out to be a spinal stroke that doctors couldn’t explain

Doctors don't know what caused Nancy's stroke
Doctors don’t know what caused Nancy’s stroke

A 13-year-old girl who felt tingling in bed has become paralyzed after an ‘unusual accident’.

Nancy Jubb experienced a “burning sensation” in her legs as she lay in bed. Doctors determined it was caused by a loss of blood supply to vital nerves that had paralyzed her lower body.

Medics determined the teenager had suffered an unexplained stroke after initially thinking she was suffering from spinal cord inflammation.

They still can’t explain what caused the mysterious stroke.

Nancy, from Bath, was admitted to hospital on February 20 and has spent most of her time there since – only coming home for a few days at a time.

Nancy was an avid netball player


Family Photo/SomersetLive)

Her mother, Katherine Jubb, said SomersetLive that Nancy’s paralysis was a “massive shock”.

She said: “It came completely out of the blue. If there had been a specific event that caused Nancy to lose feeling in her legs, I think it would have been easier to understand.

“She lay in bed and got tingling sensations in her legs, then a burning sensation. There wasn’t much pain and at the time we thought it was just a pinched nerve but it slowly got worse over about six hours and she was told not to move.

“Doctors still don’t know why it happened. They think it was a freak accident or that it could have been lots of small movements over a period of time that cut off the blood supply, but once those nerves die, they don’t grow back.

“It means she’s paralyzed from the waist down and it’s very unlikely she’ll ever be able to feel it again.”

Before her stroke, Nancy was an avid sportsperson, playing for her local netball and cricket teams. She was also a junior coach at Baskerville Gymnastics and swam for the Bath Dolphins.

She wants to get back into the sport, although it will take time, and cites swimming and wheelchair basketball as possible options. Ms Jubb praised Tash, who coaches the Bath Cougars netball team, for all her support over the past few months.

The mother-of-two said: “Tash was just amazing. She wrapped Nancy in care and warmth. The folks at Baskerville Gym were also so kind and caring the entire time and the Bath netball team met them on Friday with a signed ball and hoodie.”

Tash has now launched an online crowdfunding campaign to help meet the unexpected costs of Nancy’s condition. This includes adapting her house to have a loo, shower and bedroom on the ground floor.

Ms Jubb explained: “At the moment she has a hospital bed in the living room to come home to at the weekend, but it was really difficult not to shower downstairs. Your hospital wheelchair is also very big and clunky and we will have to change our car because it won’t fit in the trunk.

“For the future, Nancy would like to have an all-terrain wheelchair so she has more flexibility in where to go. However, everything is so expensive and we want to save some money for things that she will need in the future.”

You can find the JustGiving page for Nancy’s rehabilitation here.

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