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 Health System 8 hours after experiencing a stroke. Unable to speak clearly and paralyzed on her right side, Damesha faced a poor prognosis.
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," says Damesha. "No one could understand what I was saying."
Her boyfriend called Damesha's son for help. Her son came over immediately and called 911. The ambulance took her straight to The University of Kansas Health System's Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.