Kamulah's Stroke StoryJun 6, 2019
Kamulah Thompson, stroke patient, Florida Medical CenterKamulah was spending a quiet evening at home with her sister, Dianne, when the unexpected happened.
“I was watching a movie when all of a sudden I felt like I was in a house of mirrors,” she says. “I was confused, disoriented and spaced out.”
At only 28 years old, the young business owner was having a stroke.
“I told my sister to call 9-1-1 immediately.”
The ambulance rushed Kamulah to Florida Medical Center. Her sister, who is also her business partner, followed behind in her car. The hospital’s award-winning Comprehensive Stroke Center team used advanced diagnostic equipment and cutting-edge treatment to stop Kamulah’s massive stroke in its tracks. Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, an interventional neurologist, was able to remove a blood clot in her brain that was caused by an infection, possibly due to a tooth extraction months before.
“It’s a blessing that I live so close to Florida Medical Center and that the paramedics took me there,” she says. “I don’t even want to think of what would have happened if I was taken anywhere else.”
At the time of her stroke, Kamulah’s parents were visiting family in Jamaica, their native country.
“I don’t remember much from that day, but I do remember that the staff made sure to call my parents and update them on my condition,” she recalls. “I really appreciated them going the extra mile to make sure they were informed and at ease.”
Kamulah spent six weeks in the hospital recovering from her stroke. Her parents and sister were by her side every day.
“The staff made us feel at home,” she says. “They were so courteous and went above and beyond to make sure my family and I were comfortable.”
Kamulah is currently going through physical, occupational and speech therapy at Florida Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute. Since her stroke, her speech has improved significantly, and she is now able to walk short distances on her own. Kamulah is looking forward to getting back to her business making homemade body care products with her sister.
“She has already come such a long way in such a short time,” her mother, Avery, says. “We are extremely happy with the care she received and continues to receive at Florida Medical Center.”