A barmaid nearly nearly died on her parents' sofa after suffering a stroke that left her unable to move her face or arms.
Elly Milton, 19, had just finished her pub shift at the Evenwood Pub in Runcorn, Cheshire, and wished her parents goodnight.
After going in to check, her horrified mum found her daughter lying unresponsive on the sofa, with a "floppy arm" and a "drooping face".
Mum Marie Milton said she screamed for her husband John to help, the Liverpool Echo reported .
They instantly called 999 after realising their daughter, who was unable to speak or move, had suffered a stroke.
The Liverpool Hope student, from Runcorn, was rushed to Whiston Hospital where she was given thrombolysis – clot busting drug which could hopefully save her life.
Elly's brain began to swell despite the swift intervention from emergency medical staff.
And as Elly, was taken to the Walton Centre, Mum Marie said, doctors told them they could lose their daughter if she didn't undergo urgent surgery.
Marie said: “I screamed for my husband John, who was trying to shake her to wake her up.
"He saw Elly’s arm was floppy and her face had dropped, and he knew immediately that she’d had a stroke.”
"It was terrifying. I could see the tears rolling down Elly’s face.
Marie added: “We were told we could lose her if she didn’t have the surgery.
"After the surgery, we were advised she wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or do anything.”
The 19-year-old remained on life support and in critical care for 16 hours after undergoing the surgery.
And after being moved back to Whiston Hospital where doctors set out to investigate the cause of the stroke Elly was transferred to St Helens Hospital, where she is now recovering.
The teenager has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy in a bid to learn to walk again and is receiving ongoing support from the Stroke Association’s Stroke Recovery Service in Halton.
Marie added: “Elly is now proving the doctors wrong and learning to walk again.
"Her right arm is starting to get flickers of life.
"She has pure determination and is pushing herself all the time.
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