User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


56° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Man Suffers Stroke On Airplane

August 2, 2013, 6:11 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Man Suffers Stroke On Airplane
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Health emergencies are tough to deal with on the ground, let alone at 10,000 feet. So, what do you do if something happens on your next flight? Do you wait until the plane lands, or notify the flight attendants?

Tim and Shenitha Pridgen make a yearly trip to a national church convention. But this year's trip ended much differently. The two boarded a plane from San Francisco to their hometown in Jackson, Mississippi with a layover in Minneapolis. About two hours into the flight Tim started feeling sick.

'I started feeling nauseated and sweating," Tim said.

Instead of Tim's condition getting better, he continued to get worse.

"He had slurred speech, so I couldn't make out what he was saying and he was profusely sweating on his head, neck and chest. His clothes were just wet," Shenitha said.

That's when Shenitha made contact with the flight attendants.

"They asked if there was a nurse or doctor on the plane. Two doctors came around and a nurse came up," Shenitha said.

They notified the captain of the plane, who made an emergency landing in Sioux Falls.

"What we found is that the big blood vessel on the right side was closed off," Interventional Neurologist Dr. Jitendra "Jay" Sharma said.

Sharma says the decision to land the plane in Sioux Falls was a matter of life or death.

"One minute is more than one million neurons, so if you lose one minute, you're losing that many neurons," Sharma said.

Something else that was on Tim's side is that the procedure Sharma did on him has only been available here for around a year.

"We are trying this new therapy where we go in through the blood vessel in the leg and up all the way to the clot and try to take the clot out," Sharma said.

After the procedure, Tim's blood flow was immediately restored. While he still has some weakness on his left side, he is feeling much better.

"Everybody had roles to play and they were played out to the fullest. Had we not had that, I don't know if he'd be here," Shenitha said.

While the couple is very thankful, Tim actually doesn't consider himself lucky.

"It's not luck. It's God's providence," Tim said.

"I have to let you know that I trust God fully for recovery," Shenitha said.

While Tim is doing great, he does have a higher risk of having another stroke. The couple hopes to return home to Mississippi this weekend.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

New Trial To Treat Alzheimer's Seen As 'Game Changing'

3/25/2015 7:53 AM

Helene DeCoste of Boston is a patient in a ground breaking clinical trial, testing whether a drug called Solanezumab can slow down or even prevent Alz...

Full Story
Butt Seriously: Get A Colonoscopy

3/25/2015 5:48 PM

A few months ago Chuck Corkins never thought he'd be talking publicly about the topic. In fact, the 68-year-old hadn't had regular screenings.

Full Story | Watch
2nd Minnesota Turkey Farm Hit By Bird Flu Outbreak

3/27/2015 2:17 PM

It's the second finding of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain in Minnesota.

Full Story
More Than Just Fashion

3/26/2015 5:45 PM

Once a year, she uses that passion to raise awareness about something that's closer to her heart than clothes.

Full Story | Watch
Gyms Are Trying To Find Their Niche

3/31/2015 6:10 PM

Among the 50 facilities in Sioux Falls, today's gyms offer more than just weights and exercise machines.

Full Story | Watch


Events