This medical video focuses on ways to protect the brain after a person has suffered a stroke.
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Jennifer Matthews: Michael Koller is no stranger to hospitals. He has diabetes, has had two heart attacks and open heart surgery. Michael Koller: I have pretty good recovery, and I always have been lucky. Jennifer Matthews: This past January, he needed luck when he was alone at work and had a stroke. Michael Koller: I didn't really think I was going to get up. I didn't think anyone would find me where I was. Jennifer Matthews: Michael was found and quickly treated with the standard stroke drug, TPA. Neurologist Michel Torbey then told him about a study on the new intravenous drug called NXY-059. Dr. Michel Torbey: Anytime there is a stroke, there is what we call oxygen free radicals that develop. Jennifer Matthews: NXY-059 traps those free radicals to stop them from doing damage. A European study published in February shows it significantly reduces disability within six hours of a stroke. Dr. Michel Torbey: This is going to be the first neuro-protective drug that showed success in a stroke patient. Jennifer Matthews: Michael, who spends three days a week in rehab, doesn't know if he got the real drug or a placebo. I am hoping to get back to a somewhat normal life. I hope to get back what I can and accept what I can't. Jennifer Matthews: He's working hard on his recovery, taking it all one step at a time. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.