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"Stroke Patient Makes Complete Recovery"


Steve M. 54, had a stroke on Sunday, March 17. You would never guess that in talking with him today. Thanks to quick and effective treatment at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, he made a full recovery in just a couple of days.
“I was at home with my wife, between 2 and 2:15 a.m. on March 17, 2013,” Steve said. “I fell face first onto the bed. I had no idea what was happening, but when I started slurring my speech, my wife called 911. For the next few hours, I had no clue that I was having a stroke, but my wife, who works in a nursing home, recognized the symptoms right away. EMS arrived quickly and took me to St. V’s, where they took a CAT scan, which they sent to Dr. Whapham at home, then gave me TPA.”
John Whapham, MD, MS, Medical Director, Endovascular Neurosurgery Program, and Stroke Program Director, Mercy, reviewed the scan remotely and determined that surgery was needed.
“He said the blockage was too big for the TPA to be effective,” Steve said. “So he came in and did a thrombectomy. I came out of the surgery around 7 a.m., and within a few hours, everything was functioning normally despite the fact that there had been no blood flow or oxygen getting to two-thirds of the right side of my brain for about four-and-a-half to five hours.”
Steve had a minimally invasive neuro-endovascular procedure to remove the blockage, and then was a patient in the Neuro ICU for two days.
“The people there are great,” he said. “The nurses took really good care of me. Dr. Whapham showed me pictures from my procedure and explained exactly what he had done. He broke it down in terms anyone could understand and actually made it quite interesting.”
Amazingly, Steve was “completely back to normal” within two days following his stroke.
“I was up and walking around at the hospital and the nurses who had seen me in the ER stopped me to say how surprised and happy they were to see me up and around already,” Steve said. “I am telling everyone that if you even think you might be having a stroke – or that someone else is – get to the hospital immediately. I am so grateful my wife recognized the signs of a stroke and that she and everyone else acted so quickly. God had to have been watching over me that day. And I had a very good doctor too.”


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