Stroke research. In cooperation with the German Stroke Foundation, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation supports the establishment of a specialized stroke unit at the Dr. V. Hauner Children's Hospital. Every year, between 300 and 500 children and young people in Germany suffer a stroke - a third of them during pregnancy or birth. For parents, this diagnosis comes as a shock, as the subject of stroke in children is still little known. The families concerned are desperate, the doctors often perplexed.
2/3 of the children suffer lifelong severe neurological consequences such as hemiplegia, speech disorders or epileptic seizures as well as anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue and behavioral problems. Only 20 to 30 percent of childhood strokes are diagnosed within 6 hours, resulting in delays in diagnosis and therapy in 70 to 80 percent of affected children. Rapid diagnosis and appropriate therapy are essential for the outcome and prognosis of treatment.
For around three and a half years, the Dr. von Haunersche Children's Hospital in Munich intensively deals with the questions of children's strokes. During this time, new structures were created and the first children's stroke station was created. The children's intensive care unit has two beds available at all times for children suspected of having a stroke.
The Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation supports the German Stroke Foundation with start-up financing for the Pediatric Stroke Center of the Dr. Hauner children's hospitals for acute care and long-term care for small patients who are acutely affected by a stroke or are struggling with the long-term consequences. This enabled the establishment of a research center, a doctor's position in pediatric neurology and the purchase of medical equipment.