THE smile on her face says it all.
Lexi Davies is one excited little lady to be back at kinder.
In early April the four-year-old was rushed to hospital after suffering a number of strokes.
Lexi was unconscious and surviving on a breathing machine for two days.
When she woke doctors discovered her speech was affected, along with movement on the right side of her body.
In a further blow, doctors also found a hole in her heart which will need to be repaired.
Her mother Kirrily Payne said this was devastating news.
She said Lexi had been flourishing after being declared cancer free after a battle with leukaemia.
"I just want her to have a normal childhood," Ms Payne said. "How can one child go through so much?"
Ms Payne said Lexi was on warfarin and would be until she had surgery to repair the hole in her heart.
"She has to stay on the warfarin to keep her blood thin to make sure it doesn't cause any clots," she said.
"If they don't close the hole and she gets another clot it could go straight to her brain."
Ms Payne said Lexi had returned to kinder on a part-time basis and was loving it.
"She was nervous to go back but when she walked in on her first day all the kids had blown up balloons and made a cake - she was very happy," Ms Payne said.
She said Lexi was still struggling to use her right hand and was trying to learn to use her left hand for most tasks.
"Her facial drooping has mostly gone away but it gets more pronounced when she's tired," Ms Payne said.
The family, which is from Warrnambool but moved to Whittlesea to be closer to the Royal Children's Hospital after Lexi's leukaemia diagnosis, still regularly visits the hospital for check-ups.
It's a two-hour round trip for the family, which is taxing on Ms Payne, Lexi and younger daughter Adelyn, seven months.
Ms Payne she was relieved Lexi was home from hospital and was slowly returning to her normal self.
"She's still happy and she loves being a big sister," she said.
Ms Payne said she loves drawing and playing with her barbie dolls.
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