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Transcript: "Act Quickly"

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Narrator: Most people know what to do in the case of a medical emergency --

Woman 1: Call 911.

Woman 2: Call 911.

Narrator: But don't know that stroke is a medical emergency.

Man 1: Stroke? I don't know.

Narrator: What you need to do is get to a hospital as quickly as possible. Every minute counts. When her husband, Robert, had a stroke, Elma Shandley knew just what to do.

Elma: He sat down in the chair and he kept staring at me and I thought he was fooling around with me at first and I said to him, "This is not funny, Robert."

Robert: I could not speak. All I knew she was my wife and I reached over and took her hand and I couldn't remember the names of my grandchildren or my daughters. It was a complete blank.

Elma: And I said to him, "You're having a stroke. "Stay here. I'm calling the ambulance."

Dr. Warach: When someone has a sudden loss of function, they should, without delay, call 911 and get to the hospital.

Narrator: Because stroke injures the brain, the person having one might not realize it. In this demonstration, other people recognize the signs of a stroke and call 911.

Woman 3: Mom!

Girl: What's the matter with you now?

Woman 3: Mom, can you hear... I don't know, she just suddenly stopped.

Narrator: An alert family member or bystander can be a real hero.

Man 2: ...an elderly woman -- she can't talk. I think she's having a stroke.

Dr. Marler: It's really worth the effort it takes to dial 911. It's hard to decide to do that -- you're not always sure exactly what's going on, but it is really worth it. It's going to pay back in terms of going home and living your life.

Elma: He made it to the hospital, I would say, in probably 25 minutes from when he left here and six days later he walked out of the hospital and I think that's a miracle. I really do.

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