With a Stroke Every Minute Matters

Stroke survivor Damesha Seawood.

Stroke survivor thrives, even after an 8-hour delay

A stroke is devastating, with an incredibly short window for treatment. Within minutes brain cells die. Each minute from when symptoms begin until treatment is initiated means more brain damage and the likelihood of permanent disability.

Damesha Seawood arrived at The University of Kansas Hospital 8 hours after suffering a stroke. Unable to speak clearly and paralyzed on her right side, the prognosis was poor.

A healthy 37-year-old, Damesha never expected a fall could damage an artery in her neck and cause a stroke. So when her boyfriend called to check on her several hours after she fell at home on the morning of November 17, 2013, he was shocked at her response.

"He said I was stuttering, slurring, my words were jumbled," said Damesha. "No one could understand what I was saying."

Her boyfriend called Damesha's son for help, who came over immediately and called 911. The ambulance took her straight to The University of Kansas Health System's Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Stroke survivor Damesha Seawood.

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