Grady saved My Life
July 26, 2011. Just a normal day working from my home office - until around 2:30 PM in the afternoon when I suddenly collapsed in my bedroom. Approximately 3 hours later, my wife came home from work and tried to have a conversation with me, but I was unable to put a sentence together. She immediately dialed 911 and Cobb County EMT's rushed me to Kennestone Hospital in downtown Marietta, GA. They knew, even before they left my house that I suffered a massive stroke. Because of the quality communication process between Cobb EMT's and Kennestone Hospital, the hospital staff was waiting for me to arrive. The doctors and nurses (Drs. Kleiman, Villasana and Susan Zimmermann Stroke Coordinator and staff) at Kennestone stabilized me and prepared me for a life flight to The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital. It was obvious to these folks that I was critical and needed to get to the finest stroke center in the country.
Once again, because of the communication network between Kennestone Hospital and Grady Hospital in downtown Atlanta, Dr Rishi Gupta and the staff at Marcus Stroke Center were waiting my arrival by helicopter. It's approximately 10 PM now when I was rushed in for surgery with Dr. Gupta using at the time, a relatively new surgical procedure using the Merci Device.
It's now Thursday, July 28th, just 2 days following my surgery; I'm walking out of Grady Hospital and heading home to have dinner with my family. Miraculously my stroke did not affect my quality of life at all. In fact by Friday I was back at work answering emails and making phone calls.
I'm now a 1 year stroke striver.
How do you thank all the people who saved my life?
I now volunteer with American Heart Association, Grady Hospital and share my story. The most important message I have is to all those health care professionals who saved my life. They may take their jobs for granted but they are the REAL heroes. They save lives every day and all we ever read about is how costly health care is in this country. Ask my children how costly health care was to save their dad's life?
And finally, without the coordination and quality working relationship between Kennestone Hospital and Grady Hospital, I would have died.