Community rallies to support family of 14 year old stroke victim

MARIETTA--Frightening moments yesterday at McCleskey Middle School in Cobb County after a 14 year-old student suffered a stroke while in fitness class.

Quick action by his teacher and the school nurse helped saved his life.

Jackson Lietch was rushed to Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Egleston, where he is recovering.

It took only seconds before Jackson Leitch's teacher knew something was wrong.

"As soon as I saw his face that told me either a stroke or seizure and when the nurse came in she knew. She was thinking the same thing," said Carin Wilkes, Jackson's teacher.

"Immediately I knew it was a very serious situation so I called 911 on my cell phone as I was assessing Jackson and everything just started happening," said School nurse Becky Slade.

Jackson is now in intensive care.

He will be at CHOA for sometime recovering from the effects of a stroke.

The 11Alive Help Desk set out to assist both he and his parents as they get through a trying number of months.

McCleskey Principal Claire Lyons says students, teachers and staffers are all coming together to help.

"I had a student this morning give me an envelope with $18.21, a lot of coins and probably his life savings that he donated to the family," she said.

It's a feeling of giving shared by the 11Alive Help Desk.

For the family, the Help Desk has arranged for food trays and gift certificates from Chick-fil-A.

Also on the way, gift certificates from the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.

And for young Jackson, an avid football fan and guitar player, tickets for the family to a Falcons game, and family dinners and tickets to Eddies Attic in Decatur.

He will go backstage to play his guitar with show guest stars.

"The outpouring from the community at large has been amazing. I never expected it. That's why we live in Atlanta-it's a community. It's a small town wrapped up in a big city. I just cannot thank everybody enough," said Cole Lietch, Jackson's dad.

For the Lietch family, more support from McCleskey, the Help Desk and the community will be on the way.


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