Beverly has a passion for rescuing animals. When she experienced a stroke, she was the one who need rescuing. With Telemedicine at UPMC, Lawrence Wechsler, MD, evaluated Beverly through a computer screen upon her arrival at her local emergency room, miles away from Pittsburgh, Pa.
When treating strokes, the sooner a patient gets treatment, the better the chance of recovery. Every minute counts and can make all the difference. Because Beverly’s local hospital participates in Telemedicine at UPMC, she was able to receive treatment quickly.
Within 20 minutes, she started to regain feelings on her left side. Today, Beverly has completely recovered and is back to caring for her animals.
“If it weren’t for telemedicine, I probably wouldn’t be here,” she says. “How do you thank someone for giving you your life back?”