Local stroke survivor: I'm thankful to be alive today - Tucson News Now

Local stroke survivor: I'm thankful to be alive today

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. And women are most at risk.

Margaret McClain, a 77-year-old Douglas native, never thought a stroke was to blame for her slurred words and tiredness while shopping with her husband at Tucson Mall last year.

"I didn't even know what I was saying. I looked at him and slumped over to my left," explained McClain.

McClain insisted the two head home so she could get some rest. Her husband said no and raced to the hospital.

Doctors say if they had headed home, McClain may not have made it. When she arrived to the emergency room, all signs pointed to several blood clots in her brain.

Immediate surgery, ten days of critical care and a lot of love and support from family, McClain can call herself a stroke survivor.

Her story reminds us all the importance of healthy living.



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