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World Stroke Day: OhioHealth Stroke Survivor Dinner

World Stroke Day

Earlier this year, Stephanie Love was with family when in an instant a stroke stopped her cold.

"I was with my dad and he said what is wrong with you – he knew something wasn’t right, said your arm is down, your mouth is drooping, and I knew too, I couldn’t talk," Love said.

She was rushed by Westerville Fire EMT’s to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

“Its very scary, very scary," Love said.

One of her first contact points was Riverside Neurocritical Nurse Taylor Droppa.

"When she got to us she couldn’t talk, really couldn’t move," Droppa said..

She would get TPA, the clot busting drug, and surgery by Nirav Vora, MD.

"Her situation, she was recognized right away, and we were able to start what we needed to as a team to get her better," Dr. Vora said.

Weeks after all of that, where her life flashed before her eyes, those that saved her life came back for a stroke survivor dinner at OhioHealth.

"Thank God for you, so blessed that all these people right there knew what to do," Love said.

Stephanie says its special to see these men and women, including B.J. Hicks, MD, who was the first doctor to see her and start her life saving plan. She met Dr. Vora, the surgeon who saved her life. But it’s just as special for the teams to see how far she’s come.

"The most satisfying thing is immediate responses, we get something out and see them start talking and moving," Droppa said.

It's an impactful event for impactful work being done for stroke patients who are now on the road to recovery.

"Amazing what these people can do," Love said.

To learn more about stroke treatment from OhioHealth click here.