With May being National Stroke Awareness Month, one area man thanks those at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital every day for being alive.
It was an average summer morning on July 8, 2013 for the Fulk family. Kathy Fulk had just gotten home from her morning run, and her husband Orville had come downstairs to greet her. As they had their morning exchange, Orville started losing feeling in his right arm, and he lost the ability to communicate. He was having a stroke, and luckily, his wife immediately recognized the signs.
He was rushed to what was then Shelby Memorial Hospital. After getting his vitals, he received an injection into his brain to break the clot. Fulk describes the next part of his stroke story:
Orville has no issues to this day other than some weakness in his right arm. He says he knows he could have lost his life that day, but his wife’s quick thinking and the care from HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital didn’t let that happen.
According to the Center for Disease Control, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. But Orville Fulk is as strong as ever.