Another Stroke Survival Story

Thursday, March 7, 2013

When Kyle Greene, of Piggott, sat down at the kitchen table to visit with his Aunt Dolly in November, he felt fine. He wasn't. Within a short while, Greene had a stroke. "I have no memory of what happened," said Greene. "They said I quit talking and thought I was having a seizure. I couldn't use my right side."

"He didn't talk again until the next day," said his mother, Brenda Greene.

Thanks to the quick action of those who were with him, Greene was able to get to the emergency room at Piggott Community Hospital in the window of time allowed for persons suffering from an ischemic stroke to get an infusion of a drug (t-PA) that can prevent death or further damage.

Kyle Greene

"When signs of a stroke occur, you only have three hours, at the outside four and a half, to get t-PA treatment in time for the best outcome," said Elaine Nixon RN.

"When he was evaluated through telemedicine at the ER by a UAMS neurologist, his stroke scale was rated a score of 10," said Nixon. "When stabilized, he was air lifted by helicopter to Little Rock where 24 hours later his score had already been reduced to a safer score of four."

Kyle stated "I remember being loaded into the helicopter. When I got to the hospital in Little Rock, they asked me if I knew where I was. Because of the direction of the flight I thought St. Louis. We were headed north, but the flight pattern then turned and took us to Little Rock."

"While I was in the hospital in Little Rock, they would take me from my room doing CT scans or whatever, and I noticed that all the people I was passing in the rooms on my hall were older." This was an awakening event.

Greene works at Anchor Packing in Paragould and returned to work one month after the event.

ARSAVES at Piggott Community Hospital, a stroke program in conjunction with UAMS, continues its mission to educate the public so that others who would benefit from early intervention with t-PA will be ready in an emergency. ARSAVES strives to prepare the public to act swiftly and responsibly to the early signs of a stroke so that lifesaving treatment is possible. The acronym for the signs is FAST, which translates into four signs of stroke. The four signs are Face-facial droop or uneven smile; Arm-arm numbness or arm weakness; Speech-slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding; and Time-call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

Groups or organizations wanting to schedule a speaker on the program can contact Elaine Nixon, RN, at 598-3881, ext. 711 or

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