The day after giving birth to a baby boy by C-section, 35-year-old Ade Adeladan, felt her right hand go numb.
"My hand was coming down even though I was willing it up. Then I found I couldn’t even talk," she explained. Ade was having a stroke.
The stroke neurologist at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska where Ade had just given birth evaluated her and consulted with regional stroke experts at The Stroke Center at Swedish Medical Center in metro-Denver. Why Swedish? Because Swedish treats more stroke patients than any other hospital in the region.
The collaborative decision was made that Ade’s best chance for stroke recovery was to receive intra-arterial (IA) therapy. She was flown to Swedish where specially trained interventional neuroradiologists conducted the delicate procedure that used a suction device to remove virtually all of the blood clot in the brain that had caused the stroke.
By the end of the week, Ade was headed home back to her newborn son with very few deficits resulting from the stroke. On arrival to Swedish, Ade could not use her right arm at all. On the day of discharge, she was able to raise her arm without difficulty — something she’ll defiantly need use of with a newborn at home. Her language skills are also greatly improved and getting better each day.
Working together, regional hospitals and physician partners delivered efficient, timely and lifesaving stroke care for Ade who has a full life ahead of her as a new mom.