Surgery saves young mom who had stroke at soccer game

POSTED: 03:45 PM CDT Jun 04, 2013    UPDATED: 04:30 PM CDT Aug 22, 2013 

By Mayo Clinic News Network

More than 800,000 Americans suffer from stroke every year, but most people don’t expect to have a stroke at a young age. So, when 33-year-old Jessica Cook became dizzy, nauseous and had trouble standing at her son’s soccer game, nobody recognized the signs as a possible stroke.

Friends thought she was overheated or dehydrated. Thankfully, someone called 911 -- a decision that saved her life. 

Once at Mayo Clinic in Florida, doctors identified a torn vertebral artery in her neck and determined it had caused the stroke.

Interventional neurosurgeon Dr. Ricardo Hanel and his team rushed Jessica to surgery. Without it, she had a 90 percent chance of dying.

Because of a prompt diagnosis and quick medical attention, this mother of three is back  juggling work, home life and her children’s schedules.

Source: http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/