December 14th, 2012
It started as an uneventful August Monday for Tom Halverstadt. The Scottsdale, Ariz., resident was wrapping up a maintenance appointment at a local auto dealership. "I had gotten a little dizzy in the waiting room, but shrugged the feeling off," he recalls. "But after paying the cashier and getting into my car, I felt even more weird. I reached over to adjust the air conditioning — and suddenly the right side of my body became paralyzed."
Personnel at the car dealership noticed Tom's motionless, idling car and approached cautiously. "Are you okay?" they asked as they opened the vehicle door.
"I'm feeling kind of weird," Tom replied. And then he collapsed towards them.
Paramedics arrived within minutes, and Tom was vaguely aware of being moved from his car to an ambulance, which transported him to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry »