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100-year-old stroke victim survives

Rochester, N.Y. A stroke can affect people in different ways, but the way that people react to the first symptoms of a stroke can save a life.

The life that was saved was Dr. Joseph McHugh, who had a stroke after playing a round of golf, right before his 100 birthday.

All of a sudden, I went to raise my hand or something and I couldnt do it. So I waited a second and did it again and I couldnt do it. So I realized I was having a stroke. So I called the waiter and said, give me one aspirin, call 911 and get an ambulance, Dr. McHugh said.

Doctors at Unity Hospital said his reaction to his symptoms was most helpful, including his choice to take aspirin. The fact that Dr. McHugh recognized the major signs of a stroke, including numbness on one side of his body, helped him.

A lot of times with our stroke patients, we think, oh, theyre too old to get rehab at the intensity that we offer here, but given his health status, his motivation, his great family support, I think thats parlayed into his success, Dr. Cecilia Ransom said.

Dr. McHughs stroke hasnt stopped his 100 birthday celebrations, which he already has a party scheduled and special plans on July 24.

He also will be heading back to the golf course when hes done healing.

Ive golfed all my life and I just want to get back. Thats my hobby and my avocation, so Ill be back there as soon as I can, Dr. McHugh said.

 
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