Around Amelia Davidson’s home, you’ll see signs and angels, reminding her of just how blessed she is to have survived a stroke.

Two years ago, Davidson was sitting at Northside High School for her nephew’s graduation, when something went wrong.

“Before the program started, I went to look at my watch and see what time it was, and I couldn’t move my arm,” Davidson said.

Fortunately, a Vidant nurse sitting nearby recognized the signs and called for help. 

Within minutes, Vidant Eastcare arrived.

“The main thing we provided for her was speed of transport,” said Susan Fox, flight nurse with Vidant. “She was very stable; her blood pressure was stable.”

She was then taken to the hospital for treatment and walked out untouched.

“Had she not had invention it would have been death or disability,” said Hilal Kanaan, a neurosurgeon at Vidant.

Strokes are prevalent in eastern North Carolina due to a number of factors, including smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes.
“We can reduce those if we get eastern North Carolina’s rate to the national rate,” said Kanaan. “We can prevent twice as many strokes now. Prevention should be the emphasis.”

Kanaan recommends reaching out if you need help.

“You can’t just wait for it to go away,” Kanaan said. “You can’t see if it will get better. It’s OK to call 911 for something that isn’t an emergency that could be a stroke. The cost of being wrong is lost brain.”