Man recovers from stroke after friends recognized signs, dialed 911

How to recognize signs of stroke

By Patricia Martellotti - Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. - Tracy Turner feels lucky to be alive.

The U.S. Navy veteran was having coffee with his friends at a McDonald's where they recognized signs that Turner was having a stroke.

“They picked up the phone immediately, as soon as i was having a stroke,” Turner said.

Had Turner been by himself that morning, he says he wouldn't have been able to seek help, because he couldn’t talk.

When it comes to a stroke, every minute counts.

“Each minute during a stroke we lose 2 million neurons,” said Dr. Biraj Patel, at Carilion Clinic, who treated Turner. “From the time our team was called to the time we intervened, we pulled a clot out of his brain in 80 minutes, which was incredible.”

The. biggest signs of a stroke include, “Weakness or numbness on one side of the body, problems with speech weakness in the face,” Patel said.

Turner said not a day goes by that he isn’t grateful for his friends who recognized the symptoms early on.

“I had a complete 24-hour recovery, and my life is not limited whatsoever,” Turner said.

Knowing the signs of a stroke is so important that every Carilion employee carries a badge as a reminder.

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