Two days before the recording, doctors at a local emergency room in Toronto dismissed Stacey Yerpes’ face numbness and slurred speech as stress-related. They told her stroke tests had come back negative and counseled the 49-year-old legal secretary on breathing techniques.
Those were ineffective, and Yepes suffered two additional mini-strokes in consecutive days — the first leaving the hospital parking lot on April 1. She knew something had to be done.
"I think it was just to show somebody, because I knew it was not stress-related," she said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “And I thought if I could show somebody what was happening, they would have a better understanding.”
From the Stroke.org website:
Studies have shown that women take 46 percent longer than men to get to the emergency room after stroke symptoms begin. They also can wait up to 49 percent longer than male stroke victims to receive medical attention once they arrive at the hospital.
More women than men die from strokes.
Most people don’t know that stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year.