Golfing Better Than Ever WATCH THE TV STORY On a recent October morning, 78-year-old pharmacist James Phillips, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, was looking forward to a few holes of golf with his grandson. All of a sudden, as he began his drive to the golf course, things went terribly wrong. “I was disoriented, I couldn’t speak. I wasn’t sure exactly what was wrong, but I knew I had big problems,” he said. James managed to get back into his house, where he tried unsuccessfully to call for help. When James missed his tee time, his grandson knew something wasn’t right and jumped into action. James was rushed to a nearby hospital where the staff quickly recognized the signs of a stroke. James was transported immediately via helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital and taken straight to the emergency room. The WVU Stroke Team was awaiting his arrival. Within minutes, the clot-busting drug, TPA was administered. “When I hit the emergency room door, I was swarmed. There were people all around me. Everyone knew their job and they did it well. This is what saved my speech, I’m convinced of it,” he said. “The doctors there absolutely saved my quality of life.” James spent two nights at the hospital. One week after suffering a stroke, he went back to work at his pharmacy. Not long after, he was back to doing exactly what he loves to do. “Ten days after I had a stroke, I played one of my better games of golf,” he said. “I would not be here today if I had not been taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, no doubt in my mind.” Time = Brain. James had an excellent outcome due the emergency response of many people. Know the warning signs of a stroke and seek medical care immediately by calling 911.