Runners shocked by stroke, grateful for recovery

Around Western Baptist I had the pleasure of meeting Lorane Smith and Frank Tomsic just days after they suffered a stroke.

Smith, 35, of Mayfield, and Tomsic, 65, of Calvert City, told me they were thankful to be treated at Western Baptist Hospital’s stroke center, Kentucky’s only certified stroke program.

They benefited from the clot-busting drug known as tPA. It is sometimes called the miracle drug because it may reduce or reverse stroke damage if administered within the first three hours of stroke.

Frank Tomsic“It is a medical miracle” Tomsic said when he was hospitalized. “I’m so grateful, I can’t explain it.”

Tomsic and Smith were both avid runners and shocked to find out they had suffered a stroke.

Lorane SmithLife has returned to normal – including running six miles a day – for Smith, a busy wife, mother of three and pharmaceutical sales representative from Mayfield. It’s difficult now to imagine the left-side paralysis that stopped her cold last fall.

She had run a half-marathon and vacationed at Disney World two weeks before her stroke. No one expected the active woman to face a serious health scare at such a young age.

“I don’t smoke, I eat healthy and I have no blood pressure problems,” she said. “We’re all at risk of having a stroke. You know, it could happen. You just never know.”

You can read more about their stories in HealthSource, Western Baptist’s quarterly magazine. The spring issue also features stories on Western Baptist’s new da Vinci robot, KangarooCare and new lung ultrasound.

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About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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