MEDIA ALERT: Whitehall Stroke Patient to Meet Rescuers and Medical Team That Saved Her Life
83-year-old woman’s attack occurred while she was driving
WHAT: Margaret Kalfas, 83, smiles a full smile, walks without assistance and speaks with a clear voice. You wouldn’t know she suffered a life-threatening stroke on Feb. 7. The quick and skilled actions by people she didn’t know saved her from probable disability or death. She feels immense gratitude towards each of them.
The wife and mother will meet the Whitehall police officers and Cetronia EMS crew on May 8 to thank them for their quick actions when she stopped her car dangerously in traffic. A motorist saw her and alerted officers nearby. They noted her disorientation and suspected a stroke. They took her car keys and called 911. Kalfas also will reunite with the stroke team that treated her at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest.
“I want to thank everyone for what they did to save my life,” Kalfas says.
WHEN: Friday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Education Conference Center 5, Kasych Family Pavilion, Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest
BACKGROUND: May is National Stroke Awareness Month run by the National Stroke Association, which helps individuals save a life by educating them about stroke risk factors, stroke symptoms and stroke preventative measures. National Stroke Awareness Month emphasizes making the public aware of Acting FAST. FAST is an acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:
- F – Face – Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
- A – Arm – After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
- S – Speech – After repeating a simple phrase, does the persons speech sound slurred or strange?
- T – Time – If any or all of the above are observed call 9-1-1 and ask for medical assistance.
Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) is certified a Comprehensive Stroke Center according to comprehensive stroke certification guidelines approved by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This certification recognizes the significant resources in staff and advanced training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to treat complex stroke patients.
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