At age 26, Darah Nelson is far younger than the average stroke patient. Yet on Oct. 18, 2012, she found herself in her office, the door closed, and unable to move or speak. A family friend, who had once experienced a stroke, happened to stop by, opened her door and quickly recognized the signs of a stroke.
Darah arrived via ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, where the Emergency Department team launched its Star 45 program, the 45-minute diagnostic timeline that determines whether patients, like Darah, are candidates for stroke treatment.
The video below chronicles her story.
After Darah had returned home, she followed up with occupational and physical therapy to strengthen some fine motor skills she had lost and had a follow-up visit at the Neurointerventional Clinic. She met with Augusto Elias, MD, Clinical Radiologists, S.C. and checked out great.
She returned to work, began planning her September wedding to her fiancé, Wes, and resumed all of the activities she enjoys, such as riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.
“Looking at me and talking to me, you’d never know I had a stroke,” she said. “I’m very happy Memorial was there to save my life.”
Update: Darah Nelson Zweifel passed away Nov. 5, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She was 28. Darah touched many lives at Memorial and our thoughts are with her family and friends.Enjoy LiveWell Online Magazine? Stay up-to-date with a free email subscription!