|NEURO STORY: BRANDON'S UPSIDE DOWN
As Brandon Klinetobe explains, his family's lives turned upside down on May 13, 2011.
His wife Janel was scheduled to deliver their second child via C-section that day at Edward Hospital.
"While getting ready to drive my wife to the hospital, I suffered a stroke," says Brandon, 31 years old, of Romeoville. "My wife thought I was joking when I fell to the ground because I felt funny. It wasn't until we were almost at the hospital that we both realized what was going on."
At that point, Dr. Peter Schubel, a physician in Edward's Emergency Department, Dr. Mohammad Sajed, a stroke and neurocritical care neurologist and medical director of neurocritical care at Edward and the Edward ER team sprang into action, administering the drug tPa intravenously to limit the impact of the stroke.
"The professionalism, the fast action and care that I received while in the ER cannot be described," recalls Brandon. "During that time, I was more worried about my wife. The doctors and nurses were very accommodating to her and our unborn child."
Further testing showed Brandon's stroke was being caused by a blocked blood vessel in his brain.
Dr. Ali Shaibani, a neurointerventionalist and medical director of the Edward Neurosciences Institute, used a catheter-type device, entered at Brandon's groin and maneuvered into his brain to remove the clot. Afterward, Brandon was fine and showed no serious effects of the stroke.
"This is exactly how the system should work when we have a stroke patient," says Dr. Sajed. "The ER team responded appropriately in its assessment and initial treatment. We then used the state-of-the-art technology in our neurointerventional lab to stop Brandon's stroke in its tracks and provided excellent care in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit."
While Brandon was being treated, Janel, 31, started having contractions in the ER and was sent to Labor & Delivery, where she was monitored. She did not have the baby that day, but did deliver 8 lb., 5 oz. baby girl Parker Grace via C-section five days later on May 18.
Today, mom, dad, Parker and brother Cameron, 3, are all doing well.