David & Ryan

We Had the Technology; He Surpassed the Odds

It was a typical Saturday for 48-year-old David Rice and his 8-year-old son, Ryan. As they were heading home after a day at the pool, David began to have a headache. When they arrived at the house, David felt intense pressure in the back of his head and became dizzy. “I really didn’t think much of it,” David said.

Suddenly, David fell to the floor and was unable to stand up, because the left side of his body was paralyzed. David’s speech was slurred; it was difficult for Ryan to understand him. Seeing this, he knew something was wrong. He then called his mom, who told him to call 9-1-1.

Paramedics took David to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Doctors determined he was having a stroke and administered tPA. This medication is used to dissolve the blood clot in the brain causing the stroke. tPA should only be initiated within three to four and a half hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. Although David was given the medication within this critical time frame, it didn’t work as well as anticipated.

Ajeet Gordhan, MD, interventional neuroradiologist with Bloomington Radiology, recognized David was a candidate for the use of the Solitaire. The Solitaire is a device used to remove a blood clot and is delivered through a tiny microcatheter into the brain. The FDA approved this device only two months prior to David’s stroke. Dr. Gordhan successfully removed the clot and restored blood flow in David’s brain.

The procedure was performed on a Saturday, and by Sunday, David was able to move his arms and legs. He credits his quick recovery to the staff at OSF St. Joseph, along with the help from his son, Ryan. “My stay at OSF was remarkable. All of the staff members are caregivers. I think that’s evident in my recovery,” David said.