Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Stroke Victim Wants Answers

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Stroke Victim Wants Answers

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Stroke facts

10--15% of strokes happen in people under age 45. However 1 in 7 is misdiagnosed as a less serious medical condition.

No matter how old you are, use FAST to remember the classic warning signs:

FACE: Does one side of your face droop? Can you smile? Suddenly developing numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of your face is a major red flag.

ARMS: Is one arm weak or numb? Can you raise both arms? Stroke victims often find that one arm feels limp or sags when they try to lift them both.

SPEECH: Is your speech slurred? Can you repeat a simple phrase? You may be unable to find the right words to explain what's happening to you.

TIME: If you have any of these symptoms, call 000 immediately. The faster you get help, the better your chances are of survival and recovery.

FIT, young and happy only weeks ago, 35-year-old family man David Saunders was a picture of health.

However in a few short weeks, David went from young quarry supervisor to stroke victim.

After losing most of the mobility in the left side of his body just hours after he sought help from Warwick Hospital, David and his family are now asking what went wrong.

Arriving at Warwick Hospital with complaints of neck pain just before Christmas, he was diagnosed with a pinched nerve, given pain killers and sent home.

The ache continued to persist into January, the pain so bad David continued visiting the hospital daily.

Unable to properly move the left side of his body and still without any examinations, he was given the same response.

"They just kept sending him home with pain killers, but he knew his body was failing him," his wife Rebecca Duff-Saunders told the Daily News.

Fed up, on January 30 the Saunders' pursued a physiotherapist in the hopes of fixing the supposed "pinched nerve".

After examination the physio said he wouldn't work on David, but said he urgently needed a CAT scan.

David then travelled to Toowoomba to have a scan.

That Saturday, the couple waited at Warwick Hospital for five hours, only to be told that a radiologist wasn't present to read the scan, and they were sent home. …

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