Perry with his doctor, A/Prof Rick Dowling who removed the clot from Perry's brain
12 September 2016
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When 21 year old medical student, Perry Lin, spoke to his girlfriend on Facetime, little did he know that the conversation would save his life.

When 21 year old medical student, Perry Lin, spoke to his girlfriend on Facetime, little did he know that the conversation would save his life.

Each night, Perry would speak to Zoe, who was in Taiwan, via Facetime, it was something they did every night. However, on this particular night Zoe noticed that Perry looked different.

“She mentioned that my face was drooping and I was speaking funny,” Perry said.

Perry was having a stroke. Thanks to Zoe, who called his friends in Melbourne to help, Perry was rushed to The Royal Melbourne Hospital and underwent endovascular clot retrieval (ECR), to pull out the blood clot in his brain causing his stroke.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital is the only health service in Australia to offer this service 24/7.

Recognising the signs and symptoms of a stroke can save a life. Remember FAST – F is for face drooping, A is for arms (can I lift them) S is for speech (slurring) and T is for time, it’s critical to get help as soon as possible.

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