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"Emergency Medical Services Week" Highlights Stroke Survivors and Awareness
Date:5/16/2012

ries with the public during the week of May 20.  All of the survivors used King County EMS to quickly get the care they needed to address their symptoms.

EvergreenHealth: George Greenhalgh was only 59 years old when he suffered a stroke. He experienced sudden onset of right arm weakness and difficulty speaking.  Because he is diabetic, his family thought that he might have low blood sugar. They offered him some juice to drink, and he had trouble swallowing it - that's when they knew something was wrong.  They immediately called 9-1-1, and the Kirkland Fire Department arrived within minutes.  The ambulance crew then alerted EvergreenHealth's stroke team.  Once he arrived, it was quickly determined that he was suffering a left brain stroke.  He was given clot-busting medication within 45 minutes of his arrival at the hospital.  Greenhalgh and his wife said he was back to his normal self within just a few hours of receiving the medication and was able to go home a few days later. "I'm so grateful to my son-in-law for calling 9-1-1 so fast," he said.  "The biggest lesson I learned is not to be afraid to call for help! Time is of the essence for the brain!"

Northwest Hospital: In April 2011, Daniel Griffin called 9-1-1 after falling on his right side.  Griffith, 62, had a facial droop and difficulty speaking.  He arrived at Northwest Hospital, and the stroke team was alerted.  After critical tests were performed, it was determined that he was suffering from a stroke.  He then received treatment to deal with the blood clot an hour after arriving. Less than two hours after his arrival, his symptoms resolved entirely. He subsequently received physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy and was discharged to home and was able to resume all his normal functions.

Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus: Fran Sullivan is a 42-year-old Mill Cr
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