FOX4: 17-year-old KC Stroke Victim Shares Story of Survival, Encourages Awareness for Teens

May 24, 2019

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and one metro man is hoping to educate others on strokes no matter their age.

Darryl Hunter was 17 years old when he had a stroke 11 years ago. He was rushed to a different hospital outside of the Saint Luke's Health System where doctors had a hard time diagnosing him. He lost complete function on the right side of his body and was told by the facility's doctors that he may never walk again.

That's when he came to Saint Luke's. After going through six months of rehab and therapy, Darryl was able to regain full function and even walk the stage at his high school graduation. 

"We see maybe one in 10, one in 20 are young people who have had strokes," said Dr. Brad Steinle, the medical director of rehabilitation services for Saint Luke's Health System. "We have seen patients as young as 18, 20s, 30s, who have had strokes who appear otherwise healthy."

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