Surgery saves young mom who had stroke at soccer game

Published On: Jun 04 2013 04:45:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 22 2013 05:30:41 PM EDT

By Mayo Clinic News Network

More than 800,000 Americans suffer from stroke every year, but most people don’t expect to have a stroke at a young age. So, when 33-year-old Jessica Cook became dizzy, nauseous and had trouble standing at her son’s soccer game, nobody recognized the signs as a possible stroke.

Friends thought she was overheated or dehydrated. Thankfully, someone called 911 -- a decision that saved her life. 

Once at Mayo Clinic in Florida, doctors identified a torn vertebral artery in her neck and determined it had caused the stroke.

Interventional neurosurgeon Dr. Ricardo Hanel and his team rushed Jessica to surgery. Without it, she had a 90 percent chance of dying.

Because of a prompt diagnosis and quick medical attention, this mother of three is back  juggling work, home life and her children’s schedules.



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