Benefit For Teenage Stroke Victim

Posted at: 05/16/2013 11:30 AM
Updated at: 05/17/2013 8:08 AM
By: Brittany Falkers & Scott Doane

May is national stroke awareness month.  While raising awareness of adult strokes is important, many people don't know kids and infants have strokes too.

At just 13-years-old Morgan Bergman suffered an unexpected stroke. Now, her friends and family have set up a benefit for her this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth.

Two family friends, Crissy Nelson and Amelie Lindberg-Livingston stopped by Good Morning Northland Friday to talk about the event.

Lindberg-Livingston said that Morgan showed the symptoms of a stroke. Luckily, she said Morgan's mother was a physical therapy assistant and thought that it could be a stroke.

We also spoke with Morgan's mother Denise. She said this was a huge shock to her.

"When she was at the hospital they didn't recognize what it was right away too, because that's not what you expect to be happening with a 13-year-old," Denise said.

Morgan's stroke was sudden and the cause unknown.  Due to the abruptness of her stroke and the uncertainty of the cause, Morgan need continuous MRI's and lab work to determine risk for further stokes.  

With all that added testing, Denise says medical bills can be overwhelming.  "Medical bills have been quite extensive," she said. 

So that is why friends and family organized the event. Nelson said that the event is a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. But you can still donate even if you cannot make it.

Bring any donations to any area Wells Fargo bank and tell them to put a donation in the name of Morgan Bergman.

The special benefit for Morgan runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m on Sunday. It is happening at Ecumen Lakeshore on London Road in Duluth.

For more information on Morgan's Benefit visit their Facebook page.

For more information on pediatric strokes CLICK HERE.