At the age of only 33, I suffered two major strokes that should have killed me. My left vertebral artery dissected and sent a clot to my brain stem. Thank God a nurse at St. E (it took 2 visits there and 1 at St. Luke) recognized the symptoms and called Dr. Nichols at University immediately. Dr. Nichols arrived very quickly and ordered a CT with contrast, which is when he saw the dissection. He advised me to go to University Hospital – which I did via ambulance. The surgeons were ready and waiting in case I had to have surgery. They had my films before I even got there! By the grace of God I didn’t have to undergo surgery. I spent the next five days in the Neuro ICU and two more days in the neuro unit before I went to Gateway Hospital for three weeks. Once released, I spent the next four months going to weekly rehab. There is no doubt that the physicians and staff at University Hospital saved my life and allowed me to get back to my daughter, who was only 10-months old at the time of my stroke. My prognosis is excellent and my paralyzed left vocal cord should soon return to normal. Everyone who took care of me is extremely knowledgeable but also able to maintain a very caring attitude. They were always happy to answer any questions my family had and they were very giving with their time. I am grateful to have received my care from them.