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Sam B.


Sam and Ruth B. had just finished a wonderful August evening together along the shores of the Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia. It was the kind of trip that couples always dream about, and life was good. Sam began to feel ill soon after retiring for the evening. After calling to Ruth for help, Sam lost consciousness. Paramedics rushed Sam to a nearby community hospital. As Sam regained consciousness at the hospital, an attending physician in the emergency room (ER) determined that a medication Sam was taking may have contributed to a hemorrhagic stroke that was in progress. A Life Flight helicopter was dispatched with Sam on board for a journey that would see lifesaving procedures performed and Sam's ultimate survival. After a craniotomy and evacuation of a hematoma, Sam lived in a world of semi-consciousness and, as he describes it, "a blur" for the next 10 days. After several weeks in a Virginia hospital, Sam was discharged and ready to begin his rehabilitation in his hometown. Sam participated in an inpatient rehabilitation program for one month followed by outpatient rehab from October through February 2009. Sam and Ruth worked tirelessly to help Sam regain his independence. Today, Sam has returned to coaching golf, singing in his church choir and driving. He is an active participant in area charity functions and is one of our local “Stroke Celebrities” and a true inspiration to others.


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