This medical video looks into the approach to stroke victims and their treatments.
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Jennifer Matthews: Sheryl Fisher and her son Ryan have a bond that goes beyond even mother and son. Sheryl Fisher: If he wouldn't have heard me, he wouldn't have had a mom. Jennifer Matthews: Less than a year ago, 12-year-old Ryan saved his mom's life. Sheryl Fisher: About four o'clock in the morning, I woke up and I went to go to the restroom, and I sat on the edge of the bed and I couldn't move. Ryan Fisher: I went downstairs and she told me to call my grandma. Then I called her, and she called the ambulance. Jennifer Matthews: At age 38, Sheryl had a stroke, a blood clot lodged in a vessel in her brain. She says this man, Neurosurgeon Peter Rasmussen was her second lifesaver. Dr. Peter Rasmussen: If there was not a way to rapidly remove the blood clots that were formed in the veins of the brain, her neurologic condition was going to continue to deteriorate, and most likely, she would have died. Here is the clot, in this area the blood should be flowing showing darkness. AngioJet removes clots. Dr. Peter Rasmussen: It will literally vacuum up debris or blood clots that are present inside the blood vessels. Jennifer Matthews: The only currently approved treatment for stroke, tPA works in about two hours. This new method takes two minutes. The device is currently under study for use in the brain. Sheryl believes it works. Sheryl Fisher: If you stop and think about it, it's just really hard to think I was that close to death and I am sitting here today. Jennifer Matthews: Doctors say her chance of another stroke is low. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.