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Ben Alkhatib, a Heathwood Hall 9th grader, suffered a stroke on January 4th. Ben’s brother, Jack, a Heathwood 6th grader, found him, and Ben was rushed to the hospital. Because Ben’s family acted quickly, he received treatment within the first 90 minutes, a critical window for stroke patients.Initially, Ben was weakened on his entire right side. He can now eat solid foods, speak clearly, and more effectively utilize his short- and long-term memory. The doctors have not identified the cause of the stroke.
Ben has been transferred to the Scottish Rite Center (1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342-1605) in the Sandy Springs section of Atlanta. Founded in 1915, the Scottish Rite Center officially merged with the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta system in 1998. Ben’s doctors predict a couple of weeks of intense rehab in Atlanta, followed by more rehabilitation at home.
Ben’s family has said that Ben’s courage has buoyed the family’s spirits. He is a strong, vibrant, and kind 15-year-old who wrestles and plays football at Heathwood, and his attitude gives us all cause for optimism.
Ben is not ready to have student visitors yet, but he really enjoys receiving texts, emails, and videos from his friends. These messages allow him to keep up with his friends and family.
As Ben progresses, we can update you on ways to support this incredible family. In the meantime please know that your thoughtful prayers and positive words of encouragement mean so much to Ben and his family.