Early one day in August 2021, Nina’s left arm and leg started to move uncontrollably. Worried, she asked her husband to drive her straight to Tweed Hospital. Nina became paralysed on her left side and her speech became slurred. Telestroke neurologist Dr Carlos Garcia Esperon from John Hunter Hospital assessed Nina via videoconferencing and ordered a specific type of CT scan. Dr Esperon reviewed Nina’s case and the CT and prescribed the appropriate medicine. Nina has fully recovered and her life returned to normal soon after the stroke.
“Telestroke is a gamechanger. By 9pm that night I was back to normal,” says Nina.
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