In 2008, 17-year-old Cody Dietz stayed the night at his friend’s house. They partied at night, then went to bed.
The next morning, Cody wouldn’t wake up. His friends figured he was still sleeping off the previous night. But after some time, they began to worry.
The dad of Cody’s friend called Bonnie Dietz, Cody’s mom, and put Cody up to the phone. Cody made a few garbled sounds, and was incoherent. The friend’s dad decided to call 911.
Cody was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where a CAT scan revealed the teen had suffered a rare stroke. Associated with older people, Cody was only 17 and the victim of a left-brain stroke.
There had been some signs leading up to the stroke, however. In the months before, Cody’s speech slurred and he had shaking in his arm and leg — but since the symptoms went away, no one thought anything of it.
Cody and his family decided to share his story, though, to educate others about brain health and strokes. Though rare, they can happen at any age — and their advice is not to ignore any strange symptoms a child may have, even if it goes away.
Watch Cody’s story below and take heed of an important warning…