"Miracle" Case after Stroke

66-year-old Susan Bruce is like any grandmother; she is active and likes to spend time with family and friends. However, at the end of December Susan found herself in a scary situation.

"I remember that I was just working on my computer, and I just couldn’t function," said Susan.

She was having a stroke and lost all feeling on he right side of her body.

"My husband came back in the house and talked to me, I could hear him, but I couldn’t respond and he called the ambulance,” said Susan.

Susan was rushed to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center, and after many test doctors determined that Susan was eligible for a drug called Tissue Plasminogen Activator, or TPA.

"First they have to get here in a timely manor within three hours of their symptom, and then they have to be screen to make sure there is no other heath conditions to cause this medication to do harm," said Stroke Coordinator, Dr. Tina Pate.

Pate says it’s a miracle she was able to receive the medication because only three percent of stroke patients nation wide are eligible and Pate says within 24 hours they saw results.

"That’s as close to a miracle as you can get. To be able to speak to your loved ones is amazing," said Pate.

Susan is back home, and doing the things she loves once again without any side effects from her illness.


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