‘Memorial Was There to Save My Life’

139-13- 05At age 26, Darah Nelson is far younger than the average stroke patient. Yet on Oct. 18, 2012, she found herself in her office, the door closed, and unable to move or speak. A family friend, who had once experienced a stroke, happened to stop by, opened her door and quickly recognized the signs of a stroke.

Darah arrived via ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, where the Emergency Department team launched its Star 45 program, the 45-minute diagnostic timeline that determines whether patients, like Darah, are candidates for stroke treatment.

The video below chronicles her story.

After Darah had returned home, she followed up with occupational and physical therapy to strengthen some fine motor skills she had lost and had a follow-up visit at the Neurointerventional Clinic. She met with Augusto Elias, MD, Clinical Radiologists, S.C. and checked out great.

She returned to work, began planning her September wedding to her fiancé, Wes, and resumed all of the activities she enjoys, such as riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“Looking at me and talking to me, you’d never know I had a stroke,” she said. “I’m very happy Memorial was there to save my life.”

Update: Darah Nelson Zweifel passed away Nov. 5, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She was 28. Darah touched many lives at Memorial and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Comments (5)

  1. My son had a stroke at 37 and again 6 years later. The second one caused him to hardly able to communicate. It also left him so he had to wear a brace for his leg and couldn’t use his right arm.

    Thank you for your new technology. It is a blessing and I pray you will always be looking for new ways to help in this area. Thank you for sharing this video. I hope it will help someone else. God Bless!

  2. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Shirley. It’s to help patients like your son that we invest so many resources into developing new technologies and treatments. Saving lives and getting people back to where they can enjoy life again are our number one goals.

  3. I (Darah’s Mother) want to thank each and ever one at Memorial for their outstanding remarkable care and the knowledge they have obtain to aid in crisis situations. May God Bless all of you – It’s people like you that make a difference!

  4. Darla, Thank you for the kind words. It was our privilege to be able to help your daughter.

  5. Bravo Memorial! A family member has recently become an employee of Memorial and I started hearing all the wonderful things going on there. A few months ago, I was hospitalized with symptoms of MIA. Thanking God, I am able to say that I had not suffered a stroke. Good to have information like this article available for those of us who think ‘it can never happen to me’. Thank you.

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