One seemingly normal July morning, Terrance Jackson was on his typical drive to work. The last thing he remembers is nearing his usual exit off the highway. It turns out that Terrance suffered a stroke while driving. Thankfully, a bystander witnessed the event, and immediately called 911.

Paramedics arrived on the scene to find Terrance in the driver’s seat, not able to speak or move his left side. He was immediately brought to Good Samaritan Medical Center under the care of Dr. Zachary Kramer. During Dr. Kramer’s examination, he noticed that Terrance’s eyes were moving abnormally (gaze deviation), and that he was not able to move his left side, speak, or keep his balance. His NIH stroke scale was 30, which is considered severe. A CT scan showed a clot in his right middle cerebral artery, the main artery that brings blood to the left side of the brain. Terrance was immediately transferred to Boston Medical Center by MedFlight, where Dr. Thanh Ngyuen and the rest of his care team awaited.

Terrance was brought directly to the neurointerventional suite at BMC. 36 minutes later, the clot was retrieved and the blocked artery was opened. Within minutes, while still on the table, Terrance was able to lift his left arm and leg.

By the following day, Terrance was able to stand and walk. After a one week stay at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Terrance was able to return home where he can now walk and talk normally, and resume his daily activities. 

Terrance’s partner Jo-Elle told us, "I'm so grateful to whomever made the 911 call when Terrance veered off the road, to the Brewster paramedics, Dr. Kramer, and of course his entire care team at, Boston Medical Center.

"I'm just happy about the outcome," says Mr. Jackson.