HealthWise: Heart and Stroke Walk

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Four months ago, Marcia Bailey waited for her husband to bring her usual morning coffee, not knowing she was about to experience a stroke.

"He said he was going to call 911, and I said no you are not. He did it anyway, which was the right thing to do, but he had realized that I had left sided weakness, my face was drooping and I couldn't talk," Bailey said.

She was taken to Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg near her home in Massanutten, but after seeing how critical her condition was, she was flown to Sentara Martha Jefferson.

"The time from door, they call it door to groin, was 16 minutes when I got here, which was really fast. Really remarkable," Bailey said.

She cannot remember what that process was like due to her stroke, but she does know how great the stroke team at Sentara Martha Jefferson is.

"I feel like that whole stroke team is my family. They've made themselves very available to me. I have their cell numbers, I can call them if I want to,” Bailey said. “My aftercare was wonderful, I mean everyone did everything they were to do and, they did it correctly, lovingly."

She described the staff as being very open to questions and instilling confidence in herself and her family members.

If you want to help more people like Bailey receive excellent care, you can do so by being a part of the 2018 Charlottesville Heart Walk. Check the Related Links box for more information on registration.

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