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Hope and Skill

Medical College neurology team helps West Bend man make a full recovery following a stroke

"Dr. Zaidat gave
me life. He is a
wonderful person
and a fantastic doctor."

Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States.  But if a stroke is caught in time, expert medical attention can mean the difference between a productive, full life and a life affected by disability.

Michael Davies of West Bend was just 53 years old when he suffered a serious stroke.  The GE Healthcare employee suddenly found himself on the bathroom floor one day, unable to get up.  His speech was slurred.  His daughter, Monica, called an ambulance, which rushed Davies to St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.  After a quick exam, the emergency room physician called a helicopter to transport Davies to Froedtert Hospital for care by Medical College of Wisconsin specialists. 

“Dr. Zaidat was one of the first people to see me,” Davies recalled.  “He asked me to close my right hand and lift it up.  I couldn’t even do that, but he said, ‘I think you’re going to be fine after this.’ He gave me hope.”

Osama Zaidat, MD, Professor of Neurology at The Medical College of Wisconsin, used balloon angioplasty, anticoagulants and stents to open Davies’ blocked carotid arteries.  (One was blocked 100 percent; the other, 85 percent.) He also dissolved a small blood clot in Davies’ brain.

Medical College physicians are experienced in providing rapid, leading edge medical treatment for strokes.  The effects of a stroke may be reversed if appropriate treatment is provided within six to eight hours.  Even after this critical window of time, Medical College physicians have advanced treatment options to provide the fullest recovery possible.

After a few days at Froedtert, Davies returned home.  He was back to normal following several months of physical, occupational and speech therapies.  The man who couldn’t lift his right hand regained his writing ability and returned to work.  “Dr. Zaidat gave me life,” Davies said.  “He is a wonderful person and a fantastic doctor.”


 Physician Expertise at Froedtert & The Medical College Stroke Program
  • The largest, most specialized acute stroke team in southeastern Wisconsin that provides rapid, leading-edge stroke care 24/7.
  • First in Wisconsin to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as a Primary Stroke Center, recognizing critical elements are in place for improved outcomes.
  • Patients return home 10% faster on average than stroke patients compared to other academic medical centers nationwide.
  • Recognized by Gold Plus Award, the highest level of recognition from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.
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Page Updated 07/23/2013