A stroke of luck ... or just the ideal model of care?

Bruce P Waxman
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb04001.x
Published online: 18 October 2010

The take-home message is not only early intervention but education and teamwork

I was due to fly out to the United States the next morning. I was bending down to clean the floor of my car when it happened. First my right hand wouldn’t respond and I fumbled picking up a spoon from the floor, then my right leg wouldn’t support my weight. I tried to call out to my wife but only grunts came out, except of course the f-word when I knew what had happened.

  • Bruce P Waxman

  • Southern Health, Melbourne, VIC.


Thank you to the two paramedics, the ED, Stroke Unit and Heart Centre staff at The Alfred, and my wife.

Competing interests:

I was successively a medical student and surgical trainee at The Alfred from 1971 to 1981, and a consultant trauma surgeon from 1987 to 1999. I am a member of the Content Review Committee for the Medical Journal of Australia.


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