Stroke victim works to restore mobility with The Rehabilitation Center
Chronic headaches weren't unusual for Pamela Newby, a long-time migraine
sufferer. So when she woke up with a headache one morning, she never imagined
it might be an early warning sign of an impending
The 48-year-old graphic artist was getting ready to go shopping with her
daughter when suddenly, she was unable to move her left side and couldn't
speak to call for help. Newby began banging on the wall with her right
hand to get her daughter's attention.
"She came in and said, ‘Mama, I think you've had a stroke
- I'm calling 911,'" Newby recalls. "The ambulance was
here in 10 minutes and they confirmed that I'd had a stroke. And they
told me Southern Regional was the best place to go."
Timely treatment is key
When Newby arrived at Southern Regional's Advanced Primary Stroke Center,
a skilled team of neurologists were waiting for her, ready to take action
and give her the attention she needed to insure the least amount of damage occurred.
"When a stroke happens, time lost is brain lost," said Dr. Ernesto
Fernandez, the neurologist who treated Newby. "We have a very effective
treatment for certain kinds of strokes, but the treatment must be given
within three hours of the onset of symptoms."
Newby proved to be an excellent candidate for this treatment, which can
dissolve blood clots that block blood vessels - one of the
causes of stroke. She was given the medication within 40 minutes of her first identifiable
symptoms and less than two hours later, Newby could talk again.
Recovering with Rehab
After six days, Newby was transferred to
The Rehabilitation Center at Southern Regional. At this point, Newby was in a wheelchair and still
had upper-body weakness on the left side and had trouble getting dressed
"Our goal was to restore her ability to help herself and more easily
make the transition back home," said Dr. D. Terrence Foster, medical
director at The Rehabilitation Center.
Newby participated in daily physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Soon, she began walking with a walker and just 10 days later, was able
to walk with a cane and began to take care of her own personal needs.
Following three weeks of inpatient rehabilitation, Newby returned home
and began outpatient physical therapy. Newby has since made significant
progress and has returned to work and is able to perform her normal activities.