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Dealing with The Tragedy of a Near-Fatal Stroke!
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Ended Feb 13, 2015

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off or disrupted, causing brain cells to die.
How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and the extent to which the brain is damaged.
Medical care depends on whether a patient is having an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blocked artery, or a hemorrhagic stroke, in which a blood vessel ruptures.

Typical costs

Treatment, if received quickly enough, can reduce the risk of disability or death.
A patient experiencing a stroke will typically need to be taken to the emergency room at the first sign of symptoms, or be transported there by ambulance.
The average hospital admission for ischemic stroke is 5.6 days at $9,100 per stay, and for hemorrhagic stroke is 8.4 days at $19,500 per stay.
Ischemic stroke patients may be treated with a category of intravenous drugs known as thrombolytics or clotbusters, which break up blood clots.
According to studies, the additional costs of thrombolysis (using medication to break up and dissolve blood clots) during hospitalization is approximately $5,978 per patient/Month.

Doctors may also administer other drugs including intravenous or subcutaneous heparin. This can include Dalteparin (Fragmin) , with a per-day cost of $51 for 100 U/kg administered twice daily and Enoxaparin (Lovenox), with a per-day cost of $55 for 1 mg/kg twice daily.
The most promising treatment for ischemic stroke is the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), given in the first three hours after the onset of symptoms.
A study found that the typical cost of treatment with tPA is $2,200.
Other possible procedures for ischemic stroke include treatment with angioplasty and stents (about $41,000).
Doctors may choose to mechanically grab and remove the clot by working small devices through a catheter, that typically costs $7,718.

Dealing with The Tragedy of a Near-Fatal Stroke!

I'm Tony Rocha ( @RealTonyRocha) and you probably know me from Twitter.
One of my best friends, Joe Lima, has recently been the victim of a life-threatening stroke which had nearly taken his life.
Mr. Lima, his three children and his wife are in the throes of being torn apart both financially and emotionally.
I cannot tell you how shattering this is to me as he has been such a dear friend of mine. Now he is facing a hospital stay of about twenty days of in-patient care and further out-patient and rehabilitative care.
I personally have donated over $50,000 from my financial savings, which leaves approximately $58,612.00 for the family, which has no financial resources whatsoever to foot the bill.
This comes out to $2,960.60 per day for recovery time costs, an on-duty nurse, post surgical rehabilitation and basic family needs.
They are desperate, and I am turning to you, my Twitter Followers, Friends and Supporters.
This campaign will end in 60 days.
I ask for your prayers, your help and for any donation that you feel comfortable with. Thank you all and God Bless you during this Joyous Holiday Season.

Your Friend,

Tony Rocha

Many thanks to my lovely friend Erin Morgart for her exceptional explanation of such terrible tragedy. You can find more informations about Stroke Here!

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