Restoring Speech and Mobility

2015-0920 Restoring Speech and Mobility
Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., Chief of UHealth Interventional Neurology, demonstrates how using a stent retrieval device, called Solitaire, he was able to grab a clot inside Isabel Vinueza’s blocked carotid artery. The device fastened itself to the clot and pulled the entire obstruction back into the catheter and out her leg. Vinueza said that she woke up from the surgery able to talk, move her hands and wiggle her toes and has had a remarkable recovery. Emily Michot – Miami Herald Staff

Excerpt of Article by David Smiley | Miami Herald

The consequences of a stroke can last a lifetime. But for Isabel Vinueza, paralysis, blurred vision and slurred speech came and went in less than three hours thanks to an alert boyfriend and a new medical device that can grab the clot and pull it out.

On the morning of Aug. 6, Vinueza was about to leave her apartment when she suddenly lost control over her right arm and leg and lost the ability to speak. A blood clot several centimeters long was clogging the 26-year-old’s carotid artery, stopping the flow of blood to the left side of her brain and leaving her confused and unable to move her right hand or leg.

She tried through gestures and slurred words to convince her boyfriend that she was fine and just needed a nap. But after Michael Sullivan carried her to their bed, he called Vinueza’s family in Ecuador, his mother and then 911.

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Thanks to Isabel for sharing her story; David Smiley for writing the article; Miami Herald for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture and text in this post.

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