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It was a typical Sunday. Josh Glazer had just put his 2-year-old daughter, Maddie, down for a nap when the headache hit him.
"It felt odd, like blood was rushing to the back of my head," says 34-year-old Josh. "And my left eye got very blurry."
Josh knew that his wife, Jodie, was with her father. He wasn't able to reach her on her cell phone, so Josh dialed his father-in-law's number instead. Both family members urged him to call 911 and, luckily, Josh listened. Within three minutes, he was unconscious and being rushed by ambulance to nearby Northwest Community Hospital.
While an EMT stayed with Maddie, Josh underwent a CT scan of his brain in NCH's emergency room. The test result was unmistakable: It was a cerebral hemorrhage—bleeding in the brain. The ER doctor immediately called neurosurgeon Mina Foroohar, MD, who arrived at the Hospital within minutes.
"I quickly ordered more detailed diagnostic tests to find out exactly what was going on," says Dr. Foroohar.
What she found were two life-threatening blood vessel ruptures in Josh's brain. And she wasted no time. Dr. Foroohar rushed him to the OR, where she performed a four-hour surgery to stop both the bleeding and swelling in Josh's brain.
The next morning, Ali Shaibani, MD, performed a minimally invasive procedure to permanently seal a damaged vessel and prevent any further bleeding.
Five days later, Josh left the Hospital and was thrilled to be back with his family. "Maddie was so happy to have her daddy home," says Josh. "The doctors at NCH saved my life, and I'll be forever grateful to them."
Jodie Glazer, who was expecting the couple's second child at the time, couldn't agree more. In fact, she wrote a thank you letter to Dr. Foroohar and the rest of the NCH staff.
Because time is of the essence when treating stroke, having a Primary Stroke Center like NCH in your community is important. If you think that you're experiencing stroke symptoms, don't take chances! Call 911 immediately so valuable time isn't lost.