Timing is everything. And no one is a bigger believer in the importance of timing than Al and Vicki Denton. Timing saved Al's life – timing and the stroke care team at The University of Kansas Health System.
After surviving 2 heart attacks in one year, Al and his wife, Vicki, thought they were sufficiently prepared for what life threw at them. That's why they viewed Al's foot surgery in June 2014 as a routine inconvenience, taking time away from his passion, competitive bowling. But that inconvenience turned out to be great timing.
One Sunday evening in July, Al and Vicki had just finished watching a movie at home. Al should have been driving alone back to his Grandview home from a bowling tournament. But due to his recent foot surgery, he was instead sitting in his recliner when he suffered a massive stroke – and had no idea.
"I never realized the person having the stroke wouldn't know there was something wrong," says Vicki. "He was totally unaware."
But Vicki knew instantly that something was not right. The moment Al started slurring and speaking incoherently, Vicki acted FAST. Standing in front of Al, she told him to smile and watched the left side of his face droop down. She then told him to raise his arms and watched as his left arm fell to his side. That was all she needed. She called 911.