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“It could have, it should have, happened so much quicker”
When Lynne’s mum Judy had a stroke, she was already in hospital after feeling unwell all day. It was a Friday night and doctors had run blood tests but nothing had shown up. They planned to keep her in overnight and release her the following morning.
Then, in the early hours of Saturday morning, Judy had a major stroke.
Her family was phoned and Lynne arrived as soon as possible. She remembers how “the doctors told us a large clot was blocking blood flow to mum’s brain. Even though they’d given her some medication it wasn't working because of the size and location of the clot.”
Then Lynne shares this, “The only option was clot retrieval surgery… But no one was there to do it because it was the weekend.”
The hospital’s hands were tied. Wonderful medical teams do everything they can, but there simply wasn’t the protocol or funding for a dedicated stroke response at that time.
You might be shocked to learn (as Lynne was) that this is not uncommon. And because stroke hits without warning – even on weekends – the nearest stroke treatment might be hours away…
Your donation is urgently needed to change this. Help end the stroke crisis in Australia.
“It was nearly five hours by the time she went in for surgery.”
It was an agonising wait for Lynne and her dad as Judy was transported to The Royal Melbourne Hospital where clot-retrieval surgery could be performed.
Miraculously, Judy survived and with rehabilitation, learned to walk again with a cane. But irreparable damage to Judy’s frontal lobe left her with devastating side-effects. Judy now struggles with memory loss and is being cared for in a nursing home.
“When it first happened we were quite angry… Because the treatment could have happened so much quicker. And maybe we wouldn't have been left with all of this. Now we know we’ve just got to do the best we can.” Lynne says.