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GB SKIER LUCKY TO BE ALIVE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Monday July 22, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Freestyler Madi Rowlands has been treated for a rare blood clot in the brain. PlanetSKI reports.

The 19-year-old Youth Winter Olympic gold & bronze medallist spent three days in hospital near her home in Kent earlier this month after being diagnosed with a cerebral venous thrombosis.

It's a relatively rare form of clot on the brain.

Her mum, Karen, took her to hospital after she had suffered four days of severe headaches.

Her dad, Daran, has told PlanetSKI "She's had migraines before but this was different. It has been a very stressful couple of weeks."

Madi Rowlands in hospitalIn hospital















"Luckily they caught the clot before any permanent damage. She was just starting to lose feeling in her arm and lips but they gave her blood thinners - Heparin - just in time.

They kept her in from Wednesday to Saturday and the first couple of days had us extremely worried."

Madi returned to the hospital on the following Tuesday as a precaution after feeling unwell again.

She was admitted to the acute-stroke ward where she remained until last Saturday evening so they could keep a close eye on her while conducting further tests.

Her Dad went on to say "Thankfully, all the tests have been clear, with no set-backs.

"She's home now after ten days in hospital but has to take the blood-thinning drugs for a short period and while she is on them she can't risk skiing as a fall or injury could lead to bleeding which could be fatal."

Madi Rowlands in hospitalOn the mend




















She has had to cancel two training camps with the GB Park & Pipe Squad in Austria and New Zealand that were scheduled over the summer but the family decided her health has to come first.

According to the Rowlands family, Madi spent 18 hours in agony in the accident and emergency department as there was no initial diagnosis and no bed for her.

After more than 24 hours, Madi had a CT scan and the clot was discovered.

"Thank god we persevered and got a diagnosis and treatment or this post would have been a very different one," Karen Rowlands said on Facebook.

Madi RowlandsIn action in 2017















Madi Rowlands Leaving hospital




















Posting the photo above Karen said: "After a traumatic, emotional and exhausting week I've never been so grateful to still be able to look at this one's miserable face!"

Madi RowlandsDouble success at 15
















Madi Rowlands has had a series of setbacks since she won ski halfpipe gold and slopestyle bronze at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics at the age of 15.

She's been dogged by injury.

She had already done enough to qualify for both the halfpipe and slopestyle events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics when she injured her knee a week before final selection.

Madi Rowlands knee injuryDown and out in January 2018




















It ruled her out of what would have been her first senior Olympics and resulted in a long rehabilitation.

Madi returned to competition at the end of this season with a top 10 finish at a World Cup event having returned to full training from almost a year out.

 Madi RowlandsBack hitting the jumps in January 2019



















The latest setback will be a huge blow for her and for her friends and fellow athletes in the GB squad.

But as dad, Daran, says ‘At least she is still here and despite all she has been through, she remains confident of a successful return to the top-tier.

"I'd also like to thank all of our friends and family who've rallied around with offers to help and especially two of her friends who were practically in-patients with her.'


Good luck with your recovery, Madi, from all at PlanetSKI.


There have been good wishes for Madi on the PlanetSKI Facebook page too:

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