Jeanne Mackay looked at her husband, Bruce, and knew instinctively he was having a stroke. Jeanne followed the F.A.S.T. protocol, used when someone is suspected of having a stroke. In part one of a two-part series, see how Jeanne’s F.A.S.T. reaction — along with a team of medical professionals — saved her husband’s life. In part two, we will show you how Bruce’s hard work and determination helped to overcome his paralysis.
“I told him to look at me and smile. His face was drooping and I felt he was having a stroke,” Jeanne Mackay says.
Although her husband, Bruce Mackay, said to wait, she called 911. She was following F.A.S.T. protocol for suspected stoke.
F.A.S.T. Stroke Protocol
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
- Time to call 911
“The important point is that the patients do the best when we can get to them early,” Radiologist Anthony Bruno, MD.
Jeanne credits the stroke education she received as a patient at Renown for saving her husband’s life.
“I think you’ve done such a good job in educating people and making them aware of the symptoms,” Jeanne says. “It’s really important because if I hadn’t called 911 right away, he might not have survived.”