Stroke kills tragic teenager

A COUPLE have spoken of their devastation after their son died from a massive stroke aged just 17.

A COUPLE have spoken of their devastation after their son died from a massive stroke aged just 17.

It is believed Jordan Smith suffered an initial stroke while enjoying a night out with friends, but was struck down by a bigger attack the following day while at home in Lowestoft.

Jordan, also known as Jordie, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, but the heartbreaking decision to turn of his life-support machine was taken on Monday.

Yesterday, his grieving parents Steve and Donna Smith told of their loss, but revealed Jordan's legacy would live on after his organs were donated to six people.

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Mrs Smith, from north Lowestoft, said: “He had a stroke. We've been told though that an artery in his neck burst and caused a blood clot, which swelled his brain. He was probably born with this weakness and it could have happened at any time.”

Speaking about the donation of Jordan's organs, Mrs Smith added: “It's not just the six people he has saved; it's the generations following them. One of the organs went to someone who had 24 hours to live.”

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The teenager had gone out to play pool with four friends on Friday night. They stopped at the BP petrol station opposite the High Street and it is thought Jordan suffered his first stroke when he leapt over a wall. His friends later found him on the floor and eventually woke him up so they could walk home.

On Saturday, Jordan spoke to his parents and said he was okay, despite not feeling 100%.

However, he suffered a massive stroke at about 4pm, which ruptured a blood vessel in his neck, caused him to fit and paralysed his left hand side.

He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, where he had to be sedated to have a scan, which revealed he had severe bleeding on the brain.

Jordan was transferred to Addenbrooke's where his parents were given the devastating news that his chances of survival were slim.

Mr Smith said: “The doctors told us it's a million to one chance to happen to someone so young; it was a freak of nature.”

The family was told that Jordan had been suffering from a blood clotting disorder.

Lowestoft College student Jordan had just completed his first year of a carpentry course and was planning to open his own joinery firm. Touching tributes have been left at the scene where he initially collapsed.

Mr Smith, who owns the Skin Graphics tattoo studio, in Bevan Street, Lowestoft, added: “We've been so touched and appreciate the flowers, messages and condolence cards we've received.”

Jordan also leaves six brothers and two sisters. A date for his funeral, which the family wants to be a celebration of his life, has yet to be set.

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