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On Thursday, September 7, 2017 Jeff (Geoffrey) walked out of the bank carrying his daughter in her carseat and collapsed. Concerned bystanders called and an ambulance took him and the baby to the hospital in Bismarck where a stroke was diagnosed and treatment began immediately. (The baby was protected by the carseat and had no injuries.) His wife was contacted by the police who helped her and brought her to the hospital. Jeff was conscious, suffering from a severe headache and unable to move the left side of his body. He kept asking about his children until it was too difficult to speak any longer.
Because a specialist was not available, Jeff was flown to a hospital in Fargo with plans to manually break up the clot in his brain because the medication was not working. (Margaret followed in a car driven by friends.) By the time Jeff arrived, the brain had swollen and it was deemed unsafe to proceed with the surgery. The following day, doctors performed surgery to relieve the pressure that was growing on his brain. They then sedated him so the brain could begin healing faster while he slept.
He was not responsive while sedated, except for trying to move his right hand. Each time the doctors tested for brain activity, they were able to see a response.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, they discontinued the sedatives to allow him to awake. He continued to try to move his right hand, but was not obeying commands. The brain was still swollen. By Thursday, he was able to respond to commands and squeeze his right hand and wriggle his right foot.
Jeff is 44 years old and has always been very healthy. The doctors don't know the cause of the stroke. Margaret has been able to stay in the hospital room with him and the children are staying with friends from church.