​David's Stroke Story

Jun 6, 2019

David McGrath, stroke patient, Florida Medical Center

It felt like a scene from an action movie. David McGrath happened to be at Florida Medical Center after an elective outpatient procedure when all of a sudden the left side of his face began to droop and his right arm and leg went numb. The nurses in the outpatient unit immediately recognized his symptoms and sprang into action, calling a stroke alert.

“Within minutes, I was getting a CT scan of my head,” David says. “After reviewing my results, a neurologist on the medical staff at the hospital recommended I be given tPA treatment.”

The clot-busting drug would potentially dissolve the blood clot in his brain and improve blood flow. Although there were side effects associated with the drug since he just had surgery, the doctors and David agreed that the benefits outweighed the risks.

It turned out to be the right decision. 

“I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,” he says. “I feel extremely lucky to have been at the right place at the right time when I had a stroke. It is scary to think about where I would be if this happened anywhere else.” 

David had no idea beforehand that Florida Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center, meaning it is qualified to handle the most complex stroke cases. Because of the wonderful care he received, David can get back to the things he loves to do, like volunteering and spending time with loved ones. 

“I will forever be grateful for the nurses and staff who came to my rescue and went above and beyond to ensure I was treated as quickly as possible,” David says. “They are real-life superheroes.”

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