Stroke Patient Returns to Methodist University Hospital to Thank Medical Staff

Posted on: May 14, 2018

Two months after suffering a stroke onboard a Delta flight en route to Atlanta, Gerry Sandlin of Vinemont, Alabama, visited Methodist University Hospital to thank the medical staff who cared for him.

“It was important for me to thank everyone in person,” said Gerry Sandlin. “Each day since February 13, I have a renewed outlook on life and on living and have you all to thank for that.”

The flight Sandlin was on made an emergency landing in Memphis, Once on ground, Sandlin was quickly taken to the UT Mobile Stroke Unit, which was waiting on the tarmac. Within one minute of entering the 14-ton ambulance, he underwent a CT-angiography scan that clearly showed a basilar artery thrombosis, the most deadly stroke. The clot-busting drug tPA was administered and Sandlin was taken to Methodist University Hospital where the clot was successfully removed. Since his stroke, Sandlin has made a remarkable recovery.

“If he went somewhere else, treatment would have been delayed a couple of hours,” said Andrei Alexandrov, MD, medical director of the Methodist University Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center and Mobile Stroke Unit team. “He probably would have died because of the nature of the stroke.” 

Time is brain. That is why it is crucial to receive medical treatment as soon as possible to achieve the best possible outcome. The mobile stroke unit, a stroke center on wheels, is designed to reduce the time to treatment and improve odds of recovery from stroke, the fifth leading cause of death and Number 1 cause of permanent disability in adults in the United States.

To determine if you or someone you know may be having a stroke, remember FAST. 

  • Face Drooping
  • Arm Weakness
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Time: Call 9-1-1, if you notice any of these signs.

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