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Carolyn Hill

Carolyn had just sat down for Sunday brunch with her husband, Ron, when it turned into a meal they’ll never forget. When Carolyn tried ordering, her speech was so slurred the waitress couldn’t understand a word she was saying. Suddenly, Carolyn’s face began to droop and Ron knew something was terribly wrong. Their server immediately called 9-1-1 and within 10 minutes, Carolyn was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. She was having a stroke.

After an emergency CT scan showed a major blockage cutting off blood flow in Carolyn’s brain, she was given the “clot-busting” drug, Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). For optimal results, tPA should be given within three hours of the time stroke symptoms start. Carolyn received it within 45 minutes, and just 10 minutes later, she regained feeling on the left side of her body. The clot-buster worked just as it should. She would be airlifted to Bakersfield a short time later to undergo a procedure to completely remove the clot. By 9:00 p.m. that night, Carolyn was back to feeling normal.

How you spend the first 60 minutes after a stroke could determine how you spend the rest of your life. Thanks to fast action by her husband, brunch server, and the Kaweah Delta Emergency Department, Carolyn’s brain was spared from major damage. Minutes matter and Carolyn is alive and well today to prove it.

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