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James Jones, Stroke Patient

Recalls wanting to ask for help, but couldn’t say anything at all

James Jones


James: It was a day just like any other day. I got up, and I had my coffee, and I just started feeling a little weak, and I felt like I was having a stroke and called the squad. And they took me to Summa Barberton Hospital. They gave me a clot-busting drug, and they rushed me to Summa Hospital in Akron.

It was a very scary time for me. All I wanted to do is just say help but I couldn't say anything at all. I had to put my trust into the caregivers because they were the people keeping me alive. Summa gave me a second chance.

Now I can do this, and this, and this, just to pour a cup of coffee, grab a gallon of milk out of refrigerator. Do some dishes for crying out loud. I've got an opportunity to enjoy every day. And I'm gonna take it.


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