By Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:37 BST, 20 June 2019 | Updated: 02:40 BST, 20 June 2019
A three-year-old girl is learning to walk and talk again after she contracted the flu and the virus attacked her brain - leaving her paralysed.
Hayley Henwood, from Perth, came close to death amid one of Western Australia's worst influenza epidemics.
She first contracted the flu, then a secondary infection in her head left her with the brain of a two-month-old.
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Hayley Henwood (pictured), from Perth, came close to death amid one of Western Australia's worst influenza epidemics
Her mother, Emma Henwood, said her daughter was so sick she was barely able to sit up, and didn't eat anything for three weeks.
'When they came [to hospital] and the nurse saw her having seizures, that's when they rushed her through to MRI and that's when they realised she had something ... starting to attack her brain that was secondary from the flu,' Ms Henwood said.