Eight Year Old Jumps into Action as Father Suffers Stroke

Max Pozzo was inside playing his favourite video game on a cold February afternoon when something went wrong. His dad, Mike, suddenly collapsed as he was making dinner in their suburban Calgary home. Eight-year-old Max dropped everything, ran to his father’s side, helped him up and immediately noticed some disturbing symptoms. His left arm was limp, one side of his face was drooping, and his speech was slurred. Eight year old Max called 911 and his dad was rushed to hospital, where he received clot-busting drugs, a treatment that — when given within a few hours of stroke — increases chances of survival and reduces long-term complications. It turns out Max had learned the signs of stroke just five days earlier during a Jump Rope for Heart event at his school. Mike spent months recovering after losing 80 per cent of the mobility in his left arm and leg. He returned to work as a firefighter less than a week before this Father’s Day. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, an average of 13 Albertans suffer from stroke every day…..Ed
Source: Jennifer Lee /Photo: Jennifer Lee

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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