NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A mid-state man is alive today thanks to friends who noticed something didn't seem right about two weeks ago, as he was about to begin delivering food to the homeless.
Dean Myers was volunteering at the ministry People Loving Nashville, getting ready to help feed the homeless, when his friends noticed something wrong.
Myers was complaining of getting dizzy and he began slurring his speech.
It was a stroke. Fortunately his friends knew the signs to look for, even though Dean is just 30.
After a quick trip to Vanderbilt Medical Center, Dean was in and out of surgery in 13 minutes. But it wasn't until the next day Dean realized how lucky he was -- the type of clot attached to his brain stem usually kills 95 percent of those who get it.
"Even treated patients don't always do well, he was exceptionally lucky," said Dr. Howard Kirshner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "He not only did well, we didn't even see a stroke on his MRI scan."
And more remarkable: Dean was released from the hospital without any restrictions in just four days. He's already been back to help out at People Loving Nashville -- twice.