This medical focuses on the treatments available to stop brain bleeding.
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Jennifer Matthews: These houses are the fruits of Clifford Golatt Jr.'s labor. For more than 20 years, he worked as a brick mason. But he went from laying bricks to laying in a hospital bed after having a stroke five months ago. Clifford Golatt Jr.: Just went dead all of sudden. That's when I knew I was having a stroke, you know. I told them I was having a stroke, and they thought I was telling a fib, but I wasn't. Jennifer Matthews: Clifford suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage, a type of stroke that's often fatal and has no effective treatments. Dr. Christiana Hall: It's about the most frustrating situation you can imagine. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Christiana Hall is one researcher from 100 sites worldwide studying the clotting drug. If NovoSeven is given within the first few hours after a stroke, it seems to stop the hemorrhage in its tracks. Dr. Christiana Hall: The earlier we can get to patients with hemorrhage, the better opportunity they will have for recovery. Jennifer Matthews: This brain scan shows a patients hemorrhage right after the stroke and 12 hours later. Now here is Clifford's scan at the time of stroke and after, the hemorrhage had hardly grown. Clifford was part of the study and doesn't know yet if actually received NovoSeven or a placebo drug. But he was paralyzed on the right side of his body when he came into the hospital. Five days later, he was able to lift that side. And now he's walking! Clifford Golatt Jr.: The new treatment, I don't know what it was about, but I think I'm doing great. Jennifer Matthews: Even though he would really like to be back building houses. Just being able to walk alongside houses without his cane and with his best friend Marilynn is enough for now. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.