Margaret Knight, a 43 year old mother of two, has had two strokes.
The first occurred while watching TV. When her vision became blurry, Margaret went to bed certain she would be fine in the morning. The next day at work, Margaret felt disoriented and her mind kept wandering. Even when her hands began to feel numb, Margaret was sure it would pass. But when she wasn't able to get out of bed the next morning, Margaret's husband took her to an Urgent Care center, then immediately to Mercy Gilbert's Emergency Room (ER).
A series of tests revealed Margaret had suffered a series of strokes over the past two days and had an 80 percent blockage in her carotid artery. Surgery was necessary, and over several weeks and months, she began to see improvement.
Two years later, Margaret again experienced blurred vision and immediately went to the ER. Mercy Gilbert's Stroke Center administered tPA, helping Margaret recover from her symptoms in mere hours.
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