On February 21, 2014 I took my 13 year old to school just like any other day. Little did I know that I would receive a phone call from my husband stating that they were taking our son to the ER by ambulance. He was intially diagnosed and treated at our area hospital for seizures and we were told he would be transferred to a pediatric hospital if he wasnt' discharged for observation. It wasn't until the flight crew did their preflight evaluation that I noticed the droop in his face. The flight crew diagnosed his stroke right away and called it in to the receiving hospital where they did a pediatric stroke alert throughout the hospital upon his arrival. He was surrounded by doctors and taken in for additional imaging to confirm the stroke. He was then taken in for an embolectomy where the clot in his left frontal lobe was removed, which caused his loss of speech and right sided weakness. The day after his surgery, he slowly regained his strength and started the slow process of recovering speech. He spent 3 days in PICU and a total of 5 days in the hospital. He came home from the hospital only needing speech therapy. Since then he has shown projects for 4-H at our local fair two years now. He continues to work on language with his SLP at school but is doing well. It has been a tough road to recovery, but he has not let it hold him back from doing anything.
In May 2014, just months after my son suffering a stroke, my grandmother passed as a result of a massive stroke.
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