GLENDALE— Seven-year-old La Crescenta resident Gavin Dinger was a stroke survivor even before he was born.
Gavin suffered a stroke while he was inside his mother’s womb. Only after he was born did doctors discover the stroke when his parents, Richard and Heather Dinger, noticed that Gavin had difficultly picking up items with his right hand as a baby.
“As a parent, it’s heartbreaking when things happen to your kids,” Richard Dinger said.
As a result of the in-utero stroke, Gavin has undergone extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy to repair the damage done by the stroke, which affected the right side of his body.
And while years of therapy may be daunting for some 7-year-olds, his mother said Gavin is like any other boy who enjoys playing sports and staying active.
“He takes things in stride,” Gavin’s father said.
Gavin most looks forward to participating in the Downtown Dash, an annual 5K run and walk that is sponsored by the Glendale News-Press and that benefits Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s stroke services.