Smart Woman: Smart Father

Published 06/13 2014 10:43PM

Updated 06/13 2014 10:47PM

This Father's Day is very special for Robert Clift. "It's the first one I can celebrate after having what I can only describe as a near-miss," says Robert Clift That "near-miss" happened two months ago, when the 28 year old suffered a stroke during his bartender shift. He remembers,"I said, I think I'm suffering a stroke. I've got left side,can't feel my arm, can't feel my leg. My face is numb..." Robert's C-P-R training helped him recognize the warning signs. he told his manager to call 9-1-1 right away. Doctor

Carolyn Brockington is Robert's neurologist. She says his quick thinking made all the difference in his recovery. The doctor mentions,"In stroke, we say time is brain. We don't have a lot of time in order to make the diagnosis and give the appropriate treatment." Clot-busting medication must be given within 3 hours of a stroke to be effective. Robert received his treatment within that window. his stroke was due to a small undetected hole in his heart.

It's a structural problem with the heart that can allow blood clots if they develop in the legs or pelvis to actually go through the heart, into the brain and cause a stroke.

Robert remembers thinking about his wife Evette and 2 year old daughter, Siena Mia on his way to the hospital. It's the usual father's thing. Proms, weddings, her first date Robert takes a baby aspirin every day to prevent blood-clotting and says he's just grateful to be alive.

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