Every now and then you come across a story so compelling, and so inspirational, you just have to share with everyone! Such is the case with this story of a Iowa teenager who suffered a massive stroke just days before his 17th birthday. Shortly after his stroke, doctors had told him he will likely never walk again. Last week, that same teenager walked across the stage to accept his high school diploma.
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At the American Heart Association, we celebrate stories like Hunter's and we recognize all the important elements that came together for Hunter to not only survive his stroke, but to continue to live a full and productive life. When stroke happens, time is critical to get that patient to the right place in the right amount of time. We applaud the Nebraska legislature and our Governor for putting stroke patients first and implementing a Stroke System of Care to ensure stroke patients have the best opportunity to not only survive from stroke, but to continue to live healthy and productive lives. Our stroke system of care will save lives across Nebraska and we are pleased when we can share inspirational stories like Hunter's.