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Moore family

Jeanne Moore, with her husband, Jerry

Shortly after she rose one morning in December 2012, Jeanne Moore felt a sharp pain on the side of her head. She reached over to grab a Kleenex, but her hand wouldn’t do what she was telling it to do. Her left arm and leg were useless; her face was drawn. She realized she was having a stroke.

Her husband had gone to work. Slurring her words, she called to her son, “Ryan, I’m having a stroke.”

She was rushed to St. Anthony’s Emergency Department, and within the next half hour was taken into the Operating Room, where Interventional Radiologist B. Kirke Bieneman, M.D., performed an intracranial thrombectomy procedure through the arteries of her groin to remove a blood clot from her brain. The results were immediate: Jeanne regained total use of her limbs and her speech returned to normal.

“Jeanne’s prognosis is excellent: she has had a full and lasting recovery,” Dr. Bieneman said.

“My family and I were so impressed with the quality of care I received at St. Anthony’s,” Jeanne recalled. “Dr. Bieneman gave me back my quality of life, and I will be forever grateful. My husband and children were moved by Dr. Bieneman’s concern for me, not only as a patient, but as a wife and mother.”

Stroke symptoms? Act FAST!

Any of the following symptoms is a warning to get to the hospital immediately. Record the time when the symptoms first appeared.

  • Face drooping – Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arm weakness – Is one arm weak or numb?
  • Speech difficulty – Is the speech slurred, or hard to understand?
  • Time to call 911