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Stroke Emergency Appeal

With a stroke, every minute counts. Minutes can literally mean the difference a full recovery and permanent brain damage.

That’s why it’s so important that our local Emergency team is equipped with the latest technology so they can fast in a stroke emergency.

64-year old Mornington local Ian, knows all too well just how important it is to have the best of stroke care, close to home.

Imagine your head starts to go cloudy, you can’t think straight and are completely disoriented. Then to make matters worse, you start to lose your vision.

This is exactly what happened to Ian – he didn’t know it at the time, but he was having a stroke.

Ian was at the club doing some repairs when his stroke hit.

“I was using this new solvent and it’s really volatile stuff,” explains Ian.

“It was after I’d had a whiff of that my head started to go all funny so I put it down to that. At first, I just thought it was the fumes, but then it all started to get much worse

“I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t even walk into the club house to tell anyone, I didn’t know where I was. I didn’t know how to use my phone to call my wife. All I could do was sit there.”

It was 4.30pm – and the clock had already started started ticking to save Ian’s life and limit the damage caused by the stroke.

Ian’s clubmates could see he was unwell so they took him home to wife Sandy. Sandy took one look at him and knew something terrible has wrong.

She rushed him to the Emergency Department.  And lucky she did – because it was now 7.45pm. Leaving the Emergency team had just 45 minutes to diagnose the stroke, and administer the lifesaving clot busting medication.

“They found two blockages – one on the right side, which was the part that affects eyesight and one down in the cerebellum at the top of the spinal cord,” explains Ian.

“They were working really hard with the four hour window after the stroke to give me the clot buster. I ended up getting it with 20 minutes to go in the four hour deadline.

“I was so lucky.”

After a few nights in hospital, Ian was able to go home, and continue his rehabilitation program as an Outpatient.

Though still fully recovering from the stroke, Ian is back at the club with his clubmates. Thanks to the quick actions of his wife and our local emergency team, Ian is now on the mend and is back enjoying time with his grandkids.

There’s no doubt that Ian was lucky to survive his stroke and receive such fast treatment by our local emergency team. 

Please help provide fast access to emergency stroke care for more local patients like Ian by making a donation today.

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