Stroke victim credits doctor, bowling with helping save his life

Stroke victim credits doctor, bowling with helping save his life
Timothy Raines, who suffered a stroke, can now enjoy bowling after work by doctors at UAMS and a telemedicine program. (Source: KARK-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) -A telemedicine program and the work of a doctor helped a south Arkansas man face a terrible diagnosis with an opportunity to enjoy his hobby of bowling.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, Timothy Raines of Arkadelphia said the program at UAMS, called SAVE, helped to save his life.

The program allows for telemedicine to be used to contact neurologists at the hospital, KARK reported.

At least 50 hospitals use the network, with Raines saying the symptoms were quick.

“I was trying to play with my phone I couldn’t read any of the letters,” Raines told KARK.

Raines said his left hand had gone completely numb and that he had thought he had slept on it.

Dr. Martin Radvany of UAMS said people typically ignore the signs of a stroke.

However, Radvany said Raines got help just in time.

“He got here in a timely manner so he had a very short delay we were able to get the clot out. Therefore, he had a better chance at recovery,” Radvany said.

Raines told KARK that the program helped save his life, along with the sport of bowling.

He used the sport to get his arm strength back after he lost it during the stroke.

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