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Stroke Care – Not Just Anywhere

Posted on May 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Stroke Care – Not Just Anywhere

The 34 miles from Talbott to Knoxville might seem like a long way to go for treatment in an emergency. But the Colemans know the extra miles meant faster stroke care, and more days for LeRoy to live life to the fullest.LeRoy Coleman, 75, of Talbott, had decided to lie down and rest a bit before launching into his afternoon activities. But there was a problem. He couldn’t seem to get both arms and both legs all the way onto the couch.

LeRoy’s body wasn’t doing what he wanted it to do. He suddenly realized he couldn’t talk, either.

“I thought, ‘Lord, Lord, what’s wrong?’” LeRoy says.

LeRoy’s wife Jane was sitting nearby and heard him making strange noises. At first, she didn’t realize it was a cry for help.

“But then I saw his face,” she says. “It was like somebody had just taken his face and twisted it around.”

From that point, everything happened quickly.

  • Jane called 911 and reported her husband was having a stroke.
  • Within minutes, an EMT was at Jane’s side, saying her husband needed help from from a hospital designated as a stroke center as soon as possible.
  • Without hesitation, Jane chose Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
  • LeRoy was airlifted to Fort Sanders Regional for treatment.
  • In less than an hour, LeRoy underwent a thrombectomy performed by neurointerventional radiologist Keith Woodward, MD, to remove the clot causing the stroke.

Thrombectomy is a delicate procedure considered to be cutting edge treatment in the field of neurosurgery, but it’s a procedure that’s been performed at Fort Sanders Regional for more than 10 years.

By the time Jane was able to see LeRoy, he was sitting up, smiling, and talking. “Everything worked out fine,” he says.

More than a year has passed since LeRoy’s stroke, and the Colemans are back to swimming, fitness walking and all the other activities that keep them busy.

“It’s almost like nothing ever happened to him!” Jane says.

The 34 miles from Talbott to Knoxville might seem like a long way to go for treatment in an emergency. But the Colemans know the extra miles meant faster stroke care, and more days for LeRoy to live life to the fullest, including meeting his newest granddaughter a little more than a year later. 

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is recognized by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center. Fort Sanders Regional is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care.