Stroke Patient Stories

Denver's Swedish Medical Center offers expert stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation. Read the stories from stroke survivors who have benefited from our care.

Ade . . .

The day after giving birth to a baby boy by C-section, 35-year-old Ade Adeladan, felt her right hand go numb. "My hand was coming down even though I was willing it up. Then I found I couldn’t even talk," she explained. Ade was having a stroke. Read more>>

Brandy . . .

Brandy, 26, was at Jackson Lake enjoying a hot, end-of-summer weekend and a break from radiology school when the unexpected happened. On the water knee-boarding, she suddenly felt "strange." She slipped into the water and could barely hold on. Read more>>

Chris . . .

Chris Tanning visited Gunnison Valley Hospital when she thought she was experiencing a second stroke. During her visit, she was able to take advantage of the new RP-Lite telemedicine technology to speak in real-time with a stroke specialist in Denver. She was impressed with the technology and very relieved after her conversation with Dr. Judd Jensen, neurologist. Read more>>

David . . .

Davis Smith suffered a stroke the day before Father's Day 2012. David couldn't speak when his wife Mary found him lying on the ground in their garage. An ambulance rushed him to Swedish where he was given clot-busting medication within 27 minutes. Read more>>

Katherine . . .

In the summer of 2010, Katherine Kerrick had a potentially devastating stroke. She came in to Swedish by EMS after her husband noticed that she couldn’t speak. A Stroke Alert was called to let the Swedish Stroke Team know she was on the way and they were waiting when she arrived. Read more>>

Sandra . . .

It was a relaxing evening of sewing for Sandra Arreola. At seventy-one years old, her favorite pastime was rarely interrupted. There may have been an occasional, brief conversation with her husband Phillip or a quick pause to answer the phone but this evening something interrupted Sandra that was unexpected. "As I was sewing, my arm all of a sudden wouldn't move, my leg then wouldn’t move and as I opened my mouth to call out for my husband who was in the other room, I couldn't talk," explains Sandra. Read more>>

Sara . . .

"There are far too many people at Swedish Medical Center to list individually who were on the front lines and behind the scenes of my remarkable care. They are the best group of people I've ever come to know. There was not a single negative interaction with me or my husband throughout our entire time in their care. The nurse practitioners in CCU rock! Under the direction of Christy Casper, they are exceptional caregivers and exceptional people. Thanks to every one of them who helped my recovery be complete. Read more>>