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Sergeant Teresa Garrett shares her stroke story


Partner saves life of fellow Sergeant

Did you know that May is National Stroke Awareness month? Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke and kills 140,000 people in the United States *. LASD has a tradition of service and provides assistance on a daily basis to the residents of the county. This compelling story exemplifies that behind the badge, we are regular people that at times suffer misfortune.The morning of July 8, 2017, Sergeant Teresa Garrett, a 29-year veteran of LASD woke up feeling overly tired and was disoriented and confused. Little did she know she had suffered a stroke. When she arrived at work she experienced difficulty writing and gave incoherent answers to co-workers, definitely not typical of Sergeant Garrett who has always maintained an active lifestyle and is in outstanding shape. Fortunately for Sergeant Garrett, her co-worker and friend, Sergeant Eric Lee, recognized something was wrong and was able to act quickly and get her medical attention. She was immediately admitted to @LBMedicalCenter Comprehensive Stroke Center and treated by hospital staff and specialist Dr. Viktor Szeder. Everyone’s quick decisive action undoubtedly saved her life. LASD is overjoyed by the fact she has recuperated and is able to share her compelling story with others. LASD is urging you to be aware of those around you for possible signs of stroke. Too many lives are lost due to not knowing the typical symptoms.

Learn these signs and save a life

During a stroke, unlike a heart attack, there is no pain. The signs of a stroke often go unrecognized. Minutes count.

B.E. F.A.S.T:
B: Balance Lost – Sudden loss of balance or coordination
E: Eyes Blur – Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
F: Face Drooping – One side of the face droops or is numb
A: Arm Weakness – Sudden weakness or numbness of an arm or leg, 
especially on one side of the body
S: Speech Difficulty – Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding 
speech
T: Time to Call 9-1-1 – Call 9-1-1 immediately (note the time the symptoms 
started)”**

For additional information regarding stroke recognition and prevention visit 
https://www.memorialcare.org/…/s…/learn-how-recognize-stroke
http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/preventing-stroke
http://www.strokecenter.org/…/about-stro…/stroke-statistics/
*Statistical Source: The Internet Stroke Center
**B.E. F.A.S.T: Memorial Care Stroke Center