Dene Zimmermann

First post: Oct 29, 2018 Latest post: Jun 9, 2020
Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate all of your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. This is the beginning of a story that we don't know the ending to yet, but already have been able to witness God's love for our dear Dene . On Saturday October 27th  2018  Dene was  relaxing at home when Walt heard her start coughing and choking. When he got over to her he immediately recognized the signs of a stroke . She was unable to speak or move her right side. He called 911 and grabbed her oxygen she wears at night and turned it on full blast.  While the paramedics were in route they realized that  she would need to be air lifted to Springfield where they specialize in stroke care and called for the helicopter transport. She was airlifted to Cox Health South where they started treatment for her. She was unable to have a MRI/MRA due to her pacemaker, so they did a CT scan, angiogram and started her on TPA.  They had found that there was a large clot causing a complete blockage in the  left side of her brain . The team then decided to do a cerebral angioplasty to retrieve the large clot and called in an emergency on-call interventional radiology team. They were able to preform a cerebral angioplasty and remove the large clot. They saw a second smaller clot but were unable to retrieve it at that time.  She was transferred to the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit. Dene was unable to speak or move her right side at all and had some weak movement on her left side. We are taking each step in this process one at a time and hope that this helps keep everyone up to date.