A five-year-old girl is battling to recover after suffering a stroke while playing with her sister at a Wacky Warehouse.
Freya Watson was at the play area when she started convulsing and screaming in pain after suffering a bleed on the brain.
Mum Sarah said she had only been at the activity centre in Kingswood, Hull, for a couple of minutes when the terrifying ordeal occurred.
The 36-year-old and Freya’s dad Adam, also 36, have been at their daughter’s bedside in Leeds ever since, reports Hull Daily Mail .
Doctors say the stroke was caused by a burst aneurysm they believe could have been on her brain since birth.
Sarah said: “We hadn’t even been there fifteen minutes, kids fall over all the time so I wasn’t initially that concerned.
“I went over and her eyes were half open and she was screaming in pain.
“Then she started convulsing and I started to panic.”
Freya was put in the recovery position after being carried out of the play area by an unknown man.
“There was a gentlemen there who we really grateful to,” Sarah continued.
“He put her in the recovery position and prevented her from choking, we want to offer him a huge huge thank you.”
Freya was rushed to to Hull Royal Infirmary where she was assessed and then taken to Leeds for specialist treatment.
Sarah added: “It’s one of those things you never think is going to happen to you. I didn’t believe what was happening, not to me. It’s like something you read about.”
The mum, who has two other children, Joanne, 17, and Charlie Mae, 7, said: “[Freya] had been at Wacky Warehouse earlier in the day and now we were having to sign sheets talking about whether she would live or die.
“It was a horrible situation but she’s our daughter and we’ll always fight for her.
“It was such a horrible time, we didn’t know whether she would make it and pull through.”
Freya lost most movement on the left hand side of her body due to damage to the brain.
By her fourth day in hospital, Freya’s condition had fortunately started to improve and eventually she managed to speak again.
“It was an amazing moment. The first thing she did was ask where her little sister was, she just said ‘where’s Charlie?’
“She’s carried on saying small words and her speech is improving little by little.”
But on Saturday, Freya’s recovery suffered a setback. She had been complaining that she couldn’t see anything and then Sarah noticed her eyes were glazed over.
“I knew something was wrong. Then she had more seizures. Probably worse than before.
“We had to sit and hold her for two hours. Freya just kept saying ‘make me better’.
“It was the most heartbreaking day.”
Since then, doctors have drained fluid from Freya’s brain which they believe may have been causing the seizures.
It now looks as though her condition is steadily improving and she has been moved on to the children’s ward to complete her recovery.
However, the family are taking things day by day.
Sarah said: “We’re not out of the woods yet. There are still potential problems and we have been told it’s a two year recovery process.”
While the parents have been at Freya’s bedside, their eldest daughter Joanne has been at home looking after Charlie Mae.
“I don’t know what we would have done without Jo. She’s been keeping things going while we’ve been here and I can’t thank her enough,” Mrs Watson said.
Along with her boyfriend Kane Robertson, Joanne has started a fundraising campaign to help pay for the family’s travel to Leeds and any care that Freya might need when she leaves hospital.
Sarah wants to raise awareness around strokes in children and would encourage any parents with children complaining of headachses or vision problems to get it checked out.
To donate to Freya’s GoFund me page visit .