This week is Stroke Week and in a heartfelt reunion, members from our Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) team were reunited with stroke patient, Sebastian.
In May 2023, the 52-year-old carpenter suffered a severe stroke while working at the Metro Tunnel construction site at City Square, where he suddenly lost movement in his hand.
Thanks to the quick thinking of Sebastian's work mates, the MSU, a specialised Ambulance Victoria vehicle that provides rapid on road assessment and treatment for stroke patients, was dispatched.
As a result, Sebastian was able to get the critical care he needed sooner and has made an incredible recovery.
“His work colleagues were instrumental in achieving this outcome,” said neurologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Angelos Sharobeam.
“Within three minutes of recognising his stroke symptoms they [his colleagues] called Triple-0 (000) and we managed to treat him within one hour of symptom onset. He’s gone from having a severe stroke to being back at work,” added Dr Sharobeam.
Sebastian's colleague, Frank, recalled jumping into action to help his mate.
“We play a few jokes on each other… but when I saw he had dropped his coffee out of his hand, I knew something wasn’t right,” said Frank.
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