Young child in Minot recovering from rare stroke

Published: Sep. 6, 2018 at 6:21 PM CDT
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Even a cold can be traumatic for a young child's immune system. For 2 1/2 year old Travis Falcon, it was a cold sore on his brain. It took a mother's love to help Travis avoid tragedy.

Jenni DeLorme never left her son's side after he suffered a stroke.

“It's the hardest thing I could ever have to go through,” she said.

Doctors at Mayo told Jenni the stroke was caused by brain inflammation from the HSV1 virus, better known for causing cold sores.

"How could my 2 1/2 year old be having a stroke," said Jenni.

Travis lost most of his mobility on his left side. But he's working hard to regain his strength.

"He's using his right leg better, doing better with that. He's sitting better. We were working on some tracking things so he's starting to track a little bit better to his left hand side,” said Travis’ physical therapist, Nancy Gasmann.

Jenni said this was one of the first times Travis ever had something worse than a cold.

"Most likely it was a primary infection, which means this child has not had herpes infection before. It is more common for someone who has just acquired the infection for the first time," said Trinity infectious disease specialist Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe.

Travis goes to therapy five times a week and sometimes three times a day.

"He's a good kid, great kid. He's quite happy for the most part. He's very easy to work with. He tolerates a lot. He has to put up with several therapies a day so he does a nice job," said Gasmann.

Working to regain his strength, one session at a time.

You can support Travis' cause by visiting his go fund me page:

There will also be a Pizza Ranch Fundraiser for him on Sept. 19 in Minot.