Two days after Wisconsin teenager learned about the signs of a stroke during science class, she used her new knowledge to save her mother’s life. Katie Murphy, 13, told WISN she saw her mother struggle with simple tasks on a morning earlier this month.
“[I was] through my daily routine when things became a bit difficult that day,” Christa Murphy, 45, told WISN.
Katie, who is still learning in the classroom, on the St. John’s Lutheran School that stroke patients may suffer from speech difficulties as a symptom, immediately took notice.
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“Her speech was all wrong … I was like, ‘Maybe she’s a stroke,'” she told WISN.
Katie’s teacher, Beth Tomlin, almost skipped the getting started lesson, with only a few minutes to spare before the bell.
“I finished the circulation by telling them a story about a teacher I knew who had a stroke,” Tomlin told The Journal Sentinel. “I told them of the signs they had and how it was hard to understand them when they spoke, how their faces dropped, how their lips don’t seem to be making sense.”
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Days later, Katie saw the symptoms in her own mother and quickly called 911. Murphy was rushed to the hospital, where doctors confirmed that she had an ischemic stroke.
“They had said that I had a stroke, which I couldn’t believe it, at the age of 45 years that that happens,” Murphy told WISN. “I am very blessed to be sitting here today.”
Doctors are not sure what triggered Murphy’s stroke, but put her in a treatment regime to prevent another occurs, WISN reported.