KMBC: Bourbon County sheriff says going to Chiefs game saved his life

January 9, 2020

Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin said the Chiefs may have helped save his life.

Sheriff Martin was going to watch the game off-duty against the Raiders last month when he fell walking into the stadium. His friends and a couple of police officers recognized he was likely having a stroke and called 911. 

"They all responded quickly," Sheriff Martin told KMBC. "They recognized what was going on. They loaded me into an ambulance and got me transported her to Saint Luke's."

After he arrived at Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Jared Halpin recognized he was having a major stroke and performed a thrombectomy, running a tube through an artery in the leg to the brain and pulled out the massive clot. 

His treatment was so quick and effective that he was able to watch the last quarter of the game on TV. The die-hard fan quickly returned to work and is ready to cheer on the Chiefs in the playoffs!

Watch KMBC's full story below.

Dr. Halpin talks about how Sheriff Martin was at the right place at the right time.

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