Chuck Hanson was playing pickleball, a sport similar to tennis, when a sudden neck ache cramped his game. He drove to a nearby pharmacy to treat his severe headache, but by the time he arrived, the pain was so consuming he said, "Call 911."
The Kansas City, Kansas, man was taken to a nearby hospital emergency room. Once the physicians saw the excessive amount of blood in his brain, they immediately transferred him to The University of Kansas Health System.
Chuck doesn’t remember much after that. But his wife, Debra, has vivid recall. She was by his side in the health system’s Neurosciences Intensive Care for 30 days.
During that time Chuck was adrift and confused – thinking he was at the grocery store, recognizing his children but not his wife. His health so deteriorated at one point that Debra called the family to his bedside.
It was frightening déjà vu for Debra. Only 11 months earlier, Chuck had survived a quadruple heart bypass after doctors discovered an artery blockage known as the "widow maker."