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Early in the morning of Saturday, December 17, my dad, Wayne (age 70), woke my mom up with some strange movements and garbled noises. Wayne and Vickie were visiting me and my family in Naperville, IL for an early Christmas celebration. Mom ran upstairs to tell us something was wrong with Dad. With a quick look at dad, we immediately called an ambulance. He was taken to Edwards Hospital and diagnosed with having suffered an ischemic stroke. Because we could not identify the time of the stroke onset, they go by the time we last saw him "normal", which was 10:30pm on Friday. The neurologist at Edwards recommended he be transferred to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago to undergo a thrombectomy procedure. They threaded a catheter through a major artery from his groin to his brain and removed two large blood clots. He has been in Neuro ICU at Northwestern since that time.
The performed an MRI 24 hours after the procedure and reported positive results. The doctors (and of course we) are hopeful for his recovery prognosis. They warn us that stroke recovery is measured in months or years, not days or weeks, so we know he has a long road ahead of him.
We will use this site to keep everybody updated on his progress. Thanks to everybody for your thoughts and prayers.