Fast action saves stroke victim in Thiells

A Thiells woman's was able to save her husband's life after he showed the warning signs of a stroke.



Alphonse Mancuso and his wife Antoinette have been married for more than 40 years. One morning in April, Alphonse began to feel weak in his legs and fell to the floor.



"The left side of his mouth was already drooping and so was his eye," said Antoinette.



The Mancusos were able to quickly get to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was treated with a clot-busting drug that likely saved his life.



Nurse Eileen Gornell, the coordinator of Good Samaritan's stroke response, says the Mancusos did everything right.



"Brain cells are dying every minute, so the faster the patient gets to the hospital for treatment, the better their outcome will be," said Gornell.



Alphonse Mancuso says he now feels fine with little lingering effects of his stroke.



Hospital officials say the appropriate response to a possible stroke can be summed up in the acronym F.A.S.T.; F - for facial drooping; A - for arm weakness; S - for speech difficulties; and T - for time being of the essence.



 


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