A Lincoln woman has stroke on a zoom call, calls 911

A Lincoln woman watched herself have a stroke while talking on zoom last month and reacts just in time.

LINCOLN. Neb. (KLKN) — Here’s an extraordinary story of survival.

A Lincoln woman watched herself have a stroke while talking on zoom last month and reacts just in time.

“Technology was working fine but in a split second everything changed,” said Ann Tillery.

On May 18th, Ann Tillery was advocating for the Alzheimer’s Association on a zoom call with senators and a representative when she felt something wasn’t right.

“My mother had Alzheimer’s and it felt as though I was starting to get really emotional,” said Tillery. “I’ve told this story hundreds of times and I thought this was odd. It was just right away that my speech started to slur, and I could see on my screen that my face was drooping.”

In addition to slurred speech, and one side of her face drooping, Ann’s left arm felt heavy.

She knew what was happening, a stroke.

Ann quickly finished her presentation grabbed her cell and dialed 911.

Ann suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and spent 11 days at Bryan West.

“She actually thought it was the right side of her face that was having the trouble at first,” said Dr. Quinn Willet, hospitalist. “But when she was evaluated upon arrival to the ER, they were able to show her either with a phone or mirror her own face and she was really surprised.”

She credits her team at Bryan West for her speedy recovery and helping her meet an important goal of attending the Cattlemen’s Ball in Columbus.

“Just the second I walked into the room I knew she was going to make great progress,” said Alyssa Cook, speech therapist. “She just had so much motivation to get home and get to the Cattlemen’s Ball.”

“Now seeing how her hands are moving, it’s amazing to see the recovery,” said Stacey Bostwick, occupational therapist. “She’s had in such a short amount of time she’s definitely a patient that’s put in the work.”

“I’m doing this so that people can really take a moment and learn how to spot a stroke,” said Tillery. “Because so often when we get into a zoom meeting we’re worried about the technology.”

Don’t forget the signs of a stroke.
Remember “F.A.S.T”. It’s from the American Heart Association.
Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech is slurred, and Time to call 911.

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