Mobile stroke unit saves great-grandmother’s life

Mobile stroke unit saves great-grandmother’s life

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Phoenix resident LaVon Medina credits the Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit with saving her life on Thanksgiving day. LaVon was preparing the holiday meal in her kitchen when she suddenly suffered a stroke.

Her daughter called 911, and both the Phoenix Fire Department and Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit responded. The care offered by Barrow specialists and state-of-the-art mobile unit specially equipped with medication and diagnostics was critical to not only saving her life, but allowing her to make an incredible recovery.

Watch as she tells her story below.

Vanguard of stroke care

In addition to providing the Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit to the community, Barrow is at the vanguard of stroke care and treatment through innovative research. Researchers in the Barrow Stroke Program are developing two new drugs to reduce the damage of a stroke and improve recovery from one. For patients like LaVon and so many others, Barrow helped transform what could be disabling to something that is manageable.