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.