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Four year old suffers six strokes

ABC11's Caitlin Knute with 4-year-old Caelon Arthur.
February 28, 2013 8:42:12 AM PST
Despite being stuck in the hospital for almost a week, 4-year-old Caelon Arthur is in good spirits. In fact, he couldn't wait for his dad to strap on his leg braces so he could roam the UNC Children's Hospital halls Wednesday.

Just last week, Caelon suffered a stroke, his sixth since he was almost 2 years old.

"It's kinda rough to watch. He's in a great mood now, but when he's having these, it's heartbreaking that you can't do anything," said he dad Tony Arthur.

This latest stroke left him blind in his left eye and has further weakened the right side of his body.

"He wants to go home. He wants to play with his dog and his cats. He doesn't want to be here. He really hates the IVs," said Tony.

Doctors aren't positive, but they think Caelon could have vasculitis, a disorder that destroys blood vessels by inflammation. So to treat this, they've decided to proceed with chemotherapy.

Meanwhile, with medical bills piling up, Tony Arthur's fellow Rolesville firefighters donated their own sick time to cover his stay in the hospital. And they created a website to collect donations for the family.

"I'm not worried about the money part because I have such great set of friends who are helping come forward for this. So I don't have to worry about the monetary side, I just have to worry about him, and that makes it a lot easier," said Tony.

The family also created a Facebook page called Caring for Caelon. So far, it's been liked by more than 4,400 people, including a state trooper who paid the little boy a surprise visit, much to his delight.

While the family certainly appreciates all the support they're getting, they're also hoping that Caelon's case will lead to more awareness. In fact, Tony's mother recently submitted paperwork to the Governor's office. They're hoping to make May Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.

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